Communicable Diseases

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Contagious Diseases


Communicable Diseases are diseases caused by microorganisms including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, parasites, which can be transmitted from an individual to another through various pathways, such as direct contact with infected persons or by indirect means (food, fluids, air, objects, vectors). Examples of communicable diseases are influenza, tuberculosis, malaria.


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