A guide to causes, prevention and treatments of contagious diseases
Contagious diseases occur when microbes bacteria, viruses, and fungi are passed from person to person. Vaccination programs and other prevention measures have successfully reduced the number of new cases of many contagious diseases. However, in many industrialized countries where communicable disease mortality has greatly decreased over the past century, the return of old communicable diseases, the emergence of new ones, and the evolution of antimicrobial resistance that have made treatments less effective continues to present a challenge, and infectious disease remains a major public health concern in the United States and around the world.
The Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, Third Edition, provides updated information about microbes that are spread from person to person and the diseases they cause, including influenza, lice infestation, smallpox, measles, staphylococcal and streptococcal infections, tuberculosis, and others. The types of diagnostic tests and treatments available from medical professionals are explained, and self-care practices for familiar symptoms, such as common cold and sore throat are described. Antibiotic resistance, the role of hand washing in preventing the spread of disease, and recommendations and controversies surrounding vaccination programs are also described. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of additional resources.The Health Reference Series
For over 25 years, librarians have trusted the Health Reference Series to answer their patrons health questions as they navigate the increasingly noisy, and often unreliable, landscape of medical information.
The Health Reference Series provides basic medical information for patients, families, caregivers, and the general public. Each volume takes a particular topic and provides comprehensive coverage. This is especially important for people who may be dealing with a newly diagnosed disease or a chronic disorder in themselves or in a family member. People looking for preventive guidance, information about disease warning signs, medical statistics, and risk factors for health problems will also find answers to their questions in this series.
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