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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me how infectious diseases and chronic diseases differ?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
See below: Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microbes including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites, fungi etc. Chronic diseases are those that last a long time such as diabetes, hypertension etc. As opposed to acute which are recent or sudden in onset. Some infectious diseases can be chronic like bone infections while others are acute like pneumonia.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are infectious diseases caused by?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
See below: Prions, viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa , parasites.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what infectious disease kills the highest percentage of people who catch it?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
? maybe smallpox?: I am not sure but smallpox has to rank way up there with a survival rate of 10% or less. Thank goodness it has been eradicated (some labs may have it?) hopefully some of the infectious disease specialists will chime in with an accurate answer. I am quite curious now. By the way, ebola, plague.Sars, anthrax are high. The most deaths in the world each year from an infectious disease is tb.

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