Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, 2nd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0780811089
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811089
  • DDC: 362.196
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 635 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released April 2010
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Contagious diseases occur when microbes-bacteria, viruses, and fungi-are passed from person to person. While vaccination programs and other prevention measures have been successful in reducing the number of new cases of many contagious diseases, the National Center for Health Statistics reports that the incidence rates for others, including pertussis, chlamydia, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections, have been rising in recent years. Also, newly recognized infectious agents, including the H1N1 flu (swine flu), and some particularly virulent or drug-resistant strains of well-known microbial infections, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), have emerged and caused substantial concern.

Contagious Diseases Sourcebook, Second Edition provides updated information about microbes that are spread from person to person and the diseases they cause, including influenza, lice infestation, pneumonias, 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 the sniffles and sore throat that often accompany the common cold-are described. Other topics addressed include antibiotic resistance, the role of handwashing in preventing the spread of disease, and recommendations and controversies surrounding vaccination programs. The book concludes with a glossary of related terms and a directory of additional resources.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: What You Need to Know About Germs.
2: Understanding Microbes (Germs).
3: The Immune System and Its Response to Infection.
4: Immunodeficiency and Contagious Diseases.
5: Transmission of Contagious Disease.
6: Screening Internationally Adopted Children for Contagious Diseases.
7: Bioterrorism: Disease Used as a Weapon.
8: U.S. Nationally Notifiable Infectious Diseases: Protecting the Public Health.
9: Types of Contagious Diseases.
10: Adenovirus.
11: Amebiasis.
12: Chancroid.
13: Chickenpox (Varicella) and Shingles.
14: Chlamydia and Lymphogranuloma Venereum (LGV).
15: Clostridium Difficile Infection.
16: Common Cold: Rhinoviruses, Coronaviruses, and Others.
17: Conjunctivitis (Pinkeye).
18: Coxsackievirus Infections.
19: Cryptosporidiosis.
20: Diphtheria.
21: Epstein-Barr Virus and Infectious Mononucleosis.
22: Fifth Disease (Parvovirus B19).
23: Genital Herpes.
24: Gonorrhea.
25: Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
26: Hansen Disease (Leprosy).
27: Hepatitis: A Through E and Beyond.
28: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
29: Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
30: Impetigo.
31: Influenza.
32: Lice.
33: Measles.
34: Meningitis.
35: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
36: Mumps.
37: Non-Polio Enterovirus.
38: Norovirus.
39: Pinworms.
40: Pneumonia.
41: Polio.
42: Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection.
43: Rubella.
44: Scabies.
45: Shigellosis.
46: Smallpox.
47: Staph Infections: Group A.
48: Streptococcal Infections: Group A.
49: Streptococcal Infections: Group B.
50: Syphilis.
51: Tinea Infections (Ringworm, Jock Itch, Athlete’s Foot).
52: Trichomoniasis.
53: Tuberculosis.
54: Typhoid Fever.
55: Vaginal and Reproductive Tract Infections.
56: Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE).
57: Whooping Cough (Pertussis).
58: Self-Treatment for Contagious Diseases.
59: Self-Care for Colds or Flu.
60: Sore Throat Care.
61: Fever: What You Can Do.
62: Mouth Sores: Causes and Care.
63: Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications.
64: Avoid Drug Interactions.
65: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for Contagious Diseases.
66: Medical Diagnosis and Treatment of Contagious Diseases.
67: Diagnostic Tests for Contagious Diseases.
68: Prescription Medicines That Treat Contagious Disease.
69: Antibiotic Safety.
70: Antiviral Drugs for Seasonal Flu.
71: Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance.
72: Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns and Rates.
73: Influenza Antiviral Drug Resistance.
74: Combating Antibiotic Resistance.
75: Preventing Contagious Diseases.
76: Handwashing Prevents the Spread of Germs.
77: Vaccines: What They Are and How They Work.
78: Types of Vaccines and Vaccine Strategies.
79: Childhood Immunizations: Ten Vaccines for Fourteen Diseases.
80: Questions and Answers About Childhood Vaccines.
81: Facts About Adolescent Immunization.
82: Adult Immunization Recommendations.
83: Problems with Vaccinations.
84: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
85: Vaccination Records.
86: Vaccine Misinformation May Have Tragic Consequences.
87: What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?.
88: Preventing Transmission of Infections in Hospitals and Nursing Homes.
89: Quarantine and Isolation to Control the Spread of Contagious Diseases.
90: Additional Help and Information.
Glossary of Terms Related to Contagious Diseases.
91: Directory of Organizations with Information About Contagious Diseases.