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

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

See below: An infectious disease is caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Infectious diseases can affect almost every organ in the body. Examples are boils, abscesses, influenza, colds, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, amoebic dysentery, hiv/aids, malaria, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis etc. Etc. All other diseases would be non-infectious diseases. ...Read more

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Infectious Diseases (Definition)

Infectious diseases refers to a group of medical conditions that can be transmitted from human to human, object to human, and sometimes animal/insect to human. Causes of infectious diseases include bacteria, ...Read more


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What is the main difference between infectious and non-infectious diseases?

What is the main difference between infectious and non-infectious diseases?

Microorganisms: Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Everything else is non-infectious (except for the "non-infectious" diseases that will turn out to be infectious once we figure out what really causes them). ...Read more

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What is the difference between infectious diseases and non infectious diseases?

What is the difference between infectious diseases and non infectious diseases?

See below: An infectious disease is caused by microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Infectious diseases can affect almost every organ in the body. Examples are boils, abscesses, influenza, colds, pneumonia, pyelonephritis, amoebic dysentery, hiv/aids, malaria, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis etc. Etc. All other diseases would be non-infectious diseases. ...Read more

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How can a person catch infectious diseases?

Transmission: Infectious diseases are caused by transmission of organisms: person to person contact (kissing, sexual intercourse), 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. The 2014 Ebola outbreak is an example of a viral infection. ...Read more

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How do people fight off infectious diseases?

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How do people fight off infectious diseases?

Vaccination and...: Exercising good hygiene and avoiding risky behavior, e.g. Sexual promiscuity. ...Read more

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What infectious diseases are common in Mumbai?

What infectious diseases are common in Mumbai?

Goto a travel clinic: Travel overseas, particularly to a throbbing metropolis in the heart of India requires adequate preparation. There are a multitude of infectious diseases I would be concerned about there. A doctor should help match up your past medical history and medical condition with what you may encounter depending on your plans in that area. See: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/india ...Read more

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Are new infectious diseases continually emerging?

Are new infectious diseases continually emerging?

It's Inevitable!: Just as certain as the sun rising from the east, new infectious diseases will evolve because of the innate drive for any organism to survive, based on the environmental pressures it has to overcome. This is the basis of how susceptible organisms become resistant to certain antibiotics. Additionally, as we explore different areas in the world , we will expose ourselves to new diseases. ...Read more

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What's the best book to study for infectious diseases?

What's the best book to study for infectious diseases?

Depends: Depends on your goals and previous educational training. In Pediatrics The Red Book Atlas of Pediatric Infectious Disease is our "bible" when we need a reference. There are plenty of interesting non-fiction books out there for the curious. http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/infectious-disease ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more