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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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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

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Are there many infectious diseases in emerging countries?

Are there many infectious diseases in emerging countries?

It's Inevitable!: In emerging countries, the encroachment of civilization into virgin forest will displace many animals and other organisms that may become a new disease. Alternatively, genetic reassortment of species- specific microbes will enable them to infect us or else, cause them to become virulent when they were once benign. ...Read more

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What are reportable infectious diseases and who gets told?

What are reportable infectious diseases and who gets told?

Examples: Some examples of National Notifiable Infectious Conditions include: Anthrax,Botulism, Brucellosis, Chancroid, Cholera, Dengue virus infections, Hansen's disease, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, Ebola, Plague, Yellow Fever, Thyphoid Fever, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Syphilis, Polio, HIV, ...Read more

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What are the main modes of transmission of infectious diseases?

What are the main modes of transmission of infectious diseases?

Really variable: Please let us know the particular disease so that we can provide you with that information. Can re-ask. ...Read more

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Can there be a name or word for the study of infectious diseases?

Can there be a name or word for the study of infectious diseases?

Infectology?: A spanish doctor once referred to an i d doc as an infectologist. Infectology could therefore describe the study of infection but it is not in common use. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some good resources on infectious diseases?

ID resources: I think the best place to start is the CDC website - they have both technical and more general information for the lay reader. http://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/ Wikipedia is also good because they explain things in a logical fashion, although it's not scientifically rigorous - so that info has to be taken with a grain of salt. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infectious_disease Hope that helps! ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract infectious diseases while waiting in the emergecy department?

Is it possible to contract infectious diseases while waiting in the emergecy department?

Unfortunately yes: Especially some of the childhood diseases that are supposed to be immunized for with measles and chickenpox high up on the list. During its short run, the sars coronavirus also spread in er waiting rooms. ...Read more

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What are the most common infectious diseases occuring in developing countries of the world?

What are the most common infectious diseases occuring in developing countries of the world?

Diarrheal illness: Diarrheal illnesses kill more people than any other sort of illness and most of these deaths occur in the third world. ...Read more

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Which determinants of infectious diseases are most common in low or middle income countries?

Concerns: Do they have protected water? How is their sewage handled? Do they have education programs for prevention (such as hiv)? Do they have strategies & a way to carry them out for dealing with local problems (ie. Mosquitoes or other vectors)? Etc. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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Is it true that all contagious diseases are not infectious but all infectious diseases are contagious?

No: You have it completely backwards. Almost if not all contagious diseases are caused by infectious microorganisms. Many infectious diseases such as e. Coli urinary tract infections are not contagious ...Read more

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What are the actual differences between infectious diseases and contagious disease? Any answers appreciated!

Contagious disease: By definition - contagious means you're liable to 'catch' something from someone else. I think of 'the flu', chickenpox, 'meningitis' as good examples of that. (So always good to practice hygiene!). Whereas infectious diseases encompasses all that PLUS other diseases caused by 'germs' that may not necessarily be contagious: for example those deadly amoeba that kill kids every summer, Lyme dz etc. ...Read more

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I'm interested in the field of medicine and wanted to start researching infectious diseases. Do you have any advice?

I'm interested in the field of medicine and wanted to start researching infectious diseases. Do you have any advice?

Getting a mentor: Probably the best way to get 'into' infectious diseases is to start some sort of relationship with those who are in the field. Why not try to volunteer at a local HIV clinic or something? Otherwise, you'd have to start by learning all you can - either on-line or through coursework. ID is a fascinating field and there's so much to learn, research, teach and apply. It's a great field. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am interested in the field of medicine and wanted to start researching infectious diseases. How should I go about doing this?

First: Work on a bachelor's degree. Study hard, get good grades and take a pre-med curriculum if possible. Apply to take mcat's and apply to medical schools. Or you can go a doctoral or masters route on the research side of things. Take care. ...Read more

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How to prevent infectious and no-infectious diseases?

Live well: The best thing to do to avoid disease is to live sensibly -- that means 'no bad habits' - like smoking, alcohol etc. Exercising at least 5x week. Eating well - avoiding all the fast-foods, 'junk' out there. Sleeping 8 hrs a night. Keeping stress levels to the minimum. AND checking in with your doc periodically for routine health care incl. vaccinations etc. Give your primary doc a call & take care ...Read more

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What kind of doctor specializes in infectious diseases?

What kind of doctor specializes in infectious diseases?

InternalMedicineDocs: These are internal medicine trained doctors who have completed 3 years of internal medicine residency.And following that they do a fellowship in Infectious disease and most of them are Certified by American Board of Internal Medicine and SubSpeciality Board in Infectious Disease ...Read more

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Infectious Diseases (Definition)

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