Communicable Diseases

Communicable diseases are caused by pathogens which can be passed from one being to another.

! Communicable diseases are contagious !

Examples of some communicable diseases:

  • Flu (spread by coughs and sneezes)
  • HIV/AIDS (passed by exchange of body fluids)
  • Malaria (mosquito bite)
  • Measles
  • Tuberculosis
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Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-Communicable diseases include genetic, auto immune and immune deficiency diseases.

! Non-communicable diseases are not contagious !

Examples of non-communicable diseases:

  • Genetics - cystic fibrosis, diabetes
  • Auto-immune diseases (the body's own immune system attacks it) - arthritis, type 1 diabetes
  • Immune deficiency diseases (lck of immnune system means that the person/animal is more succeptible to a range of diseases).
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