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Disease, Plagues and Pandemics!: Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are also called communicable diseases and are considered contagious.

 

"Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites."

 

Mayo Clinic

Infectious Disease Facts

  • Three infectious diseases were ranked in the top ten causes of death globally in the most recent survey by the World Health Organization:
    • Lower respiratory infections (3.1 million deaths)
    • HIV/AIDS (1.5 million deaths)
    • Diarrheal diseases (1.5 million deaths)
  • In low income countries, malaria and tuberculosis accounted for an additional two of the major ten causes of death

(Baylor College of Medicine)


Notable infectious diseases:

  • Chickenpox and Shingles
  • Cholera
  • Diarrheal Diseases
  • Ebola
  • E. Coli
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Influenza
  • Malaria
  • Measles and Rubella
  • Mononucleosis
  • Tuberculosis

List and Infectious Disease Fact Sheets by the World Health Organization

Links

In The Library

How Pandemics Spread

What You Need To Know About Infectious Disease