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Overview of infectious diseases

Viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites can all cause infectious diseases.

You can catch infectious diseases by:

You can also catch infectious diseases from:

Some types of infectious disease have to be reported to Community and Public Health. Community and Public Health are responsible for investigating cases of infectious disease and controlling their spread within our community.

Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent many serious infectious diseases and protect our community.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed June 2018. Last updated July 2018.

Page reference: 515670

Review key: HIINF-38553