Infectious Diseases – Bugs & Drugs

StaphAureus

Introduction

Infections (picture is showing Staphylococcus Aureus) are the invasion of a host organism’s body tissues by disease-causing agents, their multiplication, and the reaction of host tissues to these organisms and the toxins they produce (source: Wikipedia).

Infectious diseases include all illnesses induced by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses,…

Hosts can fight infections using their immune system.

Dedicated drugs are used to treat infections such as antibiotics,… Vaccines can also be useful in preventing specific infections.

Blog Posts

Have a look at all my blog posts on these topics: Infectious Diseases and Antibiotics.

Resources

The Uncounted – The deadly epidemic America is ignoring – Reuters – 2016

The Antibiotic Apocalypse in Video – Fast Co.Exist – 2016

Can We Save Ourselves From The End Of Antibiotics—Or Have The Superbugs Already Won? – Fast Co.Exist – 2016

How to Develop New Antibiotics – The New York Times – 2015

How AIDS changed everything — MDG6: 15 years, 15 lessons of hope from the AIDS response – 2015 – UNAIDS

Microbial Medicine – 2015 – The Economist Intelligence Unit

Antimicrobial Resistance – Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations – 2014  – Excellent up-to-date report with several charts and key facts

Annual epidemiological report on communicable diseases 2010 – A global report on infectious diseases in Europe edited by ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control) in 2010 (data from 2008).

Wikipedia on Infection – Interesting starting point but some stats are quite old. An update would be necessary (as of March 14th 2015)

World Health Organization on Infectious Diseases – General and technical information. Focus on neglected and tropical diseases.

Mayo Clinic on Infectious Diseases – Great resource as several categories are available for exploration. The basics explaining key symptoms and points to consider for patients. In-depth for more information on causes, prevention tools and drugs. Multimedia and resources are less interesting as multimedia is only showing pictures (no video) and resources are very limited and only linked to internal resources from Mayo Clinic.

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