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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.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Organisms: Infectious diseases are caused by transmission of organisms: person to person contact, bites/scratches from animals or insects or contaminated food or water. Some of the culprits include: viruses, bacteria, parasites (like protozoa or worms), fungi or prions. Ebola is an example of a Viral dz. Malaria is protozoal dz. Plague is a bacterial dz. Kuru is a prion dz. Yeast is a fungal infection.
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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 47-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Many factors: There are many factors, some are 1 peoples resistant to get their children and themselves immunized due to ignorance 2 international travel which brings infectious disease from under developed countries to others 3 new unexpected disease like h1n1 4 over use of antibiotics causing resistant organisms.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

How are infectious diseases, degenerative diseases and diseases caused by the environment different?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Disease definitions: Disease is 'being out of balance' -- 'dis' which means 'negative' and 'ease'.. Infectious diseases generally relate to illnesses caused by germs. Degenerative diseases are more 'chronic' in nature, as things wear out- whether from too much inflammation, old age or some kind of damage. Environmental diseases arise from exposures - like mold in the work place. There are docs that specialize in these
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