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caused by or capable of being communicated by infection.
infectious disease one due to organisms ranging in size from viruses to parasitic worms; it may be contagious in origin, result from nosocomial organisms, or be due to endogenous microflora from the nose and throat, skin, or bowel. See also communicable disease.

An emerging infectious disease is one that is endemic in a given population but that has begun increasing in frequency or developing resistance to drug therapy or other treatments.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

in·fec·tious dis·ease

, infective disease
a disease resulting from the presence and activity of a microbial agent.
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infectious disease

See Infection.
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in·fec·tious dis·ease

, infective disease (in-fek'shŭs di-zēz', in-fek'tiv)
A disease resulting from the presence and activity of a microbial agent.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

in·fec·tious dis·ease

, infective disease (in-fek'shŭs di-zēz', in-fek'tiv)
Disease resulting from the presence and activity of a microbial agent.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about infectious disease

Q. Is psoriasis infectious? Last week I and my friends from high-school went to the pool. One of my friend has psoriasis on his back, and when the lifeguard noticed it he asked him to leave the pool because he has skin disease that may spread to the other people swimming in the pool. We told him it is psoriasis and not some fungus, but he told us that psoriasis is also infectious. Is that true? Can psoriasis infect people who come in touch with people with psoriasis? Can I go swimming with him or should be more cautious?

A. It is right that psoriasis is not a contagious skin condition. But your friend should take care. However keeping skin humid is better for Psoriasis patients as I recently read these tips at

Q. Is leukemia contagious? A friend of mine got leukemia (blood cancer), can I get it from him if he bleeds and I touch the blood? Like HIV I mean.

A. No, you don't have to be afraid, no chance of that. Your friend will need you to pass this terrible illness. So I recommend learning a bit about leukemia so you understand it better and won't avoid your friend.
You can get information on those 2 sites:

Q. Is psoriasis contagious? My wife got psoriasis and I don’t want to get infected…

A. Psoriasis itself, as was written above, isn't contagious, i.e. if someone has psoriasis he or she can't transmit it to you. However, there is a form of psoriasis called psoriasis guttate that is associated with infection of the throat by a bacterium called streptococcus (which is contagious), so in some way it is contagious.

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