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Infectious Diseases: Risk Factors and Prevention Plan

What are the top ten uncontrollable risk factors for infectious diseases and what are the prevention plan for each risk factor? Please provide references.

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1. What are the top ten uncontrollable risk factors for infectious diseases and what is the prevention plan for each risk factor?

Clearly, infectious diseases spread in many ways, perhaps considered somewhat uncontrollable risk factors, but you can also minimize your risk of infection through taking prevention measures. For example, from your sniffling seatmate on the bus to the raw chicken on your cutting board, everyday life is full of potential infectious hazards. With germs so common and seemingly everywhere, the question is this: Just how do you get around them? Knowing how germs spread (e.g., air born, etc.) can help you stop them in their tracks. Find out how infectious disease is transmitted, and more importantly, what you can do to minimize your risk of infection. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infectious-disease/ID00004

Transmission of an infectious disease may occur through several pathways; including through contact with infected individuals, by water, food, airborne inhalation, or through vector-borne spread. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infectious_disease

The Mayo Clinic, for example, lists the following risk factors of how infectious diseases spread through contact and also suggests the associated preventive measures, as listed below:

Direct contact

The easiest way to catch most infectious diseases is by coming in contact with someone who has one. This "someone" can be a person, an animal or, for an unborn baby, its mother. Three different ways infectious disease can be spread through direct contact are:

1. Person to person. The most common way for infectious disease to spread is through the direct transfer of bacteria, viruses or other germs from one person to another. This can occur when an individual with the bacterium or virus touches, coughs on or kisses someone who isn't infected. These germs can also spread through the exchange of body fluids from sexual contact or a blood transfusion.

2. Animal to person. Your household pet might seem harmless, ...

Solution Summary

This solution identifies and explains the top ten uncontrollable risk factors for infectious diseases as well as the prevention plan for each risk factor. Supplemented with an highly informative article on the causes of infectious diseases.

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