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brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)
provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.
lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)
- Bacterium A member of a large group of unicellular microorganisms which have cell walls but lack organelles and an organized nucleus, including some which can cause disease.
- Epidemic A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time. ‘a flu epidemic’
- Microorganism A microscopic organism, especially a bacterium, virus, or fungus.
- Pandemic (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
- Parasite An organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other's expense.
- Pathogen A bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.
- Prion A protein particle that is believed to be the cause of brain diseases such as BSE, scrapie, and CJD. Prions are not visible microscopically, contain no nucleic acid, and are highly resistant to destruction.
- Vector A bacteriophage or plasmid which transfers genetic material into a cell, or from one bacterium to another.
- Virus An infective agent that typically consists of a nucleic acid molecule in a protein coat, is too small to be seen by light microscopy, and is able to multiply only within the living cells of a host. ‘the hepatitis B virus’
SHE Statements and Disease
- SARS is a virus in the same group as the common cold, cornonviruses. Unlike the common cold, it kills 10% of the people it infects.
- We are the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system.
- List the various infectious diseases and how WHO assists when the epidemics/pandemics occur.
- Infectious disease, in medicine, a process caused by a microorganism that impairs a person’s health. An infection, by contrast, is the invasion of and replication in the body by any of various microbial agents...
- 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.
- This is a link to The Pennsylvania State University course on infectious diseases. It has a list of short videos introducing the impact of diseases on global and domestic levels.
- There are dozens of types of influenza viruses that cause flu symptoms. The avian flu: H5N1. These letters and numbers identify variations in two different proteins on the surface of an influenza virus-- H for hemagglutinin, which has 18 subtypes, and N for neuraminidase, which comes in 11 varieties.
Example of Books
- World Health Organization byCall Number: 344.04 GRAISBN: 9780836855241Publication Date: 2003
- Fighting infectious disease byCall Number: 614.5 MORISBN: 9780431148847Publication Date: 2002
- Fighting infectious diseases byCall Number: 616.9 FIGISBN: 9781925339383Publication Date: 2017
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