communicable disease


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communicable disease

[kə′myü·nə·kə·bəl di‚zēz]
(medicine)
An infectious disease that can be transmitted from one individual to another either directly by contact or indirectly by fomites and vectors.
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This thought provoking review describes diabetes as a communicable disease. Collating well documented evidence, it suggests that diabetes may be a transmissible condition.
264, the Surgeon General has broad power to "make and enforce" any rules that may be necessary to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. The law makes for fascinating--if disquieting--reading.
It will also result in decreasing communicable diseases both inside the facility and the community at large.
The team includes a consultant in communicable disease control, a nurse consultant, three communicable disease control nurses, two TB nurses, an information manager and three clerical staff.
Prevention and control of communicable diseases: key for achieving the Health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Central Asia
The first five chapters focus on theory that is core to the study of communicable diseases. The content is neither highly detailed nor complex, but rather aims to give the newcomer some insight into the world of epidemiology and the expert a quick refresher.
"Most deaths caused by epidemic communicable diseases happen among those having chronic diseases like diabetes due to their weak body immunity," he noted.
After introductory chapters, it covers common topics, diseases, services and organizations, and communicable disease control in specific European countries.
With the rise in life expectancy -- thanks to better health care, nutrition and diminishing burden of communicable diseases -- the burden of age-related disease is going up.
Postdisaster communicable disease incidence is related more closely to the characteristics of the displaced population (size, health status, living conditions) than to the precipitating event.
Under the law, a communicable disease is defined as an illness that occurs through transmission of an infectious agent or its toxic products from a reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly.

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