Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by a diverse range of microorganisms. The immune system fights against such infection. 10% of all deaths in the UK, approximately 50,000 people a year, are due to infections, overwhelmingly in the elderly and worldwide the proportion of people dying from infection is 25%. In impoverished tropical environments many children have a 1:8 chance of dying before their 5th birthday.
Microorganism types and the diseases they cause
Class and site of replication
References and Readings
- Janeway, C. A., Travers, P., Walport, M., & Shlomchik, M. J. (2005). Immunobiology: The immune system in health and disease (6th ed.). New York: Garland Science.Google Scholar