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Infectious Diseases

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Infectious diseases are caused by germs. These include bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. They succeeded by breaking through the body's natural defenses and multiply to detrimental conditions that can lead to death. They can cause a mild flu or in extreme cases death.

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They can spread in many ways, including air, water, bites and stings and food contamination.

Although progress has been made to eradicate or control many of them, we all remains vulnerable to them. They are naturally evolving into evermore resistant strains that are incapable of being stop with the latest antibiotics.

The Streptococcus bacterium, a highly resistant antibiotic strain of bacteria germ is credited with causing recent outbreaks of "flesh-eating" strep and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The mortality rate of this type of strep infection is 25-48%[1].

New emerging epidemics are cause for concern. They have the medical community and science very worried. The Journal of the AMA has reported that infectious disease is now the third leading cause of death, just below heart disease and cancer. Infectious disease death rates rose 58% between 1980 and 1992. Most of this is contributed to AIDS, however if AIDS is removed from the statistics death form infectious diseases rose 22 percent.

With advances in transportation air travel can be considered a prime means to spread disease to all corners of the globe within a matter of hours.

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E-coli - An inflammation of the small intestine caused by Escherichia coli bacteria. Definition from Medline Plus.

Staphylococcus aureus - a bacterium that is commonly found on the skin and in the eyes, nose, and throat of animals and humans. SA is one of the most common causes of infections worldwide.

Though not a problem for healthy adults, SA is potentially virulent and can cause serious infections of the skin, eyes, brain, blood, and respiratory and digestive tracts, as well as bone and connective tissue. Some SA infections, such as bacteremia, have death rates of 40 percent. Definition from National Institutes of Health.

Changes in the Streptococcus bacterium that give it more punch are credited with causing recent outbreaks of "flesh-eating" strep and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (strep TSS). The latter disorder killed puppeteer Jim Henson in 1990.

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[1] http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2184.htm