Common Infectious Diseases
Spread From Bacteria
The four most infectious diseases caused by bacteria are strep throat, Lyme disease, meningitis and tuberculosis.
- Strep throat: Is common in teens. "Strep" is short for Streptococcus.
- Lyme disease: Can become infected with bacteria that cause Lyme disease when bitten by an infected tick.
- Bacterial meningitis: An infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain.
- Tuberculosis: A highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs.
Spread From Viruses
Viral diseases include the common cold, influenza, pneumonia, and hepatitis.
- The common cold: Is a group of symptoms that is used by a number of different viruses.
- Influenza: The flu, or influenza, is a common viral infection of the upper respiratory system.
- Pneumonia: In people who are elderly,or who have heart disease or breathing problems.
- Hepatitis: A group of viruses (Hepatitis A,B, and C) that infect the liver can cause hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver.
Wash your hands! Use hand sanitizer. Take a daily shower. Brush your teeth. When sick, try your best to stay away from others to prevent them from getting sick.