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Chapter-30 Communicable Diseases

BOOK TITLE: Pocket Clinical Guide for Nursing Students

Author
1. Prakash P
ISBN
9789352701933
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14242_31
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
10
Author Affiliations
1. College of Nursing, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
Chapter keywords
Communicable disease, microorganism, flu, hantavirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, measles, pertussis, rabies, sexually transmitted disease, tuberculosis

Abstract

Communicable, or infectious diseases, are caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi that can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Some are transmitted through bites from insects while others are caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. A variety of disease-producing bacteria and viruses are carried in the mouth, nose, throat and respiratory tract. Some communicable diseases such as ebola, enterovirus D68, flu, hantavirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS, measles, pertussis, rabies, sexually transmitted disease, shigellosis, and tuberculosis are discussed in this chapter along with their treatment in the table format.

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