What is infectious disease?

  • (noun): A disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact.

Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases, also known as transmissible diseases or communicable diseases comprise clinically evident illness (i.e., characteristic medical signs and/or symptoms of disease) resulting from the infection, presence and growth of pathogenic biological agents in an individual host organism. In certain cases, infectious diseases may be asymptomatic for much or even all of their course in a given host. In the latter case, the disease may only be defined as a "disease" (which by definition means an illness) in hosts who secondarily become ill after contact with an asymptomatic carrier. An infection is not synonymous with an infectious disease, as some infections do not cause illness in a host.

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Some articles on infectious disease:

Roy M. Anderson - Biography - Career
... he served as Director, Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease ... and international agency committees advising on public health and disease control including the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS ... After that, he returned to his Chair in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London ...
Infectious Disease - Society and Culture
... A number of studies have reported associations between pathogen load in an area and human behavior ... Higher pathogen load is associated with decreased size of ethnic and religious groups in an area ...
Centre For Infectious Disease Research In Zambia
... The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia is a non-profit organization established by faculty and students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 1997, and formally ... CIDRZ was originally created as an infectious disease and maternal-child health research unit ... to improve lives and communities through research, disease prevention and treatment, and HIV/AIDS care" Most of CIDRZ expatriate faculty are now affiliated with the University of ...
Gregory J. Martin - Biography
... And he completed an Infectious Disease Fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center between 1991 and 1993 ... in the five-month investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks as well as his role as the on-site infectious disease physician on Capitol Hill during the ... principal investigator for the anthrax vaccination protocol set up by the Centers for Disease Control following the attacks, he is also the lead author ...

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