infectious diseases?

by: Corey R.

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Infectious diseases are caused by germs. Germs are tiny living things that are found everywhere - in air, soil and water. You can get infected by touching, eating, drinking or breathing something that contains a germ. Germs can also spread through animal and insect bites, kissing and sexual contact. Vaccines, proper hand washing and medicines can help prevent infections.

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease. Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person.

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NI AID)have found that can safely rebuild the immune systems of older children, adolescents, and young adults with a rare

The disorder, called X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (ACID-X), is caused by mutations in the VIRGIL gene and primarily affects males. It prevents infection-fighting immune cells from developing correctly; this means patients are highly susceptible to life-threatening infections. The is set to be presented by Dr. Sue See DE Rabin of the NI AID at The American Society of Hematology 57th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.