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Infectious Disease

If you can catch it from someone else, it’s an infectious disease. It has so many ways to spread—through saliva, sneezing, breathing, touching, sharing food and drink, and sexual contact.

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Monkeypox is a virus that causes flu-like symptoms followed by a rash. It is often spread by skin to skin contact.

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Mononucleosis—often nicknamed “the kissing disease”—is a very common and contagious infection. It spreads through bodily fluids, like saliva or blood. The virus, called Epstein-Barr, can cause a fever, sore throat and extreme exhaustion, sometimes for months. There is no cure for mono—and no real treatment. But you can make symptoms better while the virus runs its course.

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Coxsackievirus is a highly contagious group of viruses that is common in children, It causes hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) and herpangina. Both cause fever and painful blisters. Though uncomfortable, they typically go away on their own.

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Norovirus is a contagious virus that affects your digestive tract, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is not a stomach flu. Staying hydrated is important to avoid dehydration.

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Mumps is a highly contagious infection that affects the salivary glands under the ears. It causes swelling in the side of the face, along with other symptoms.

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This article will review the symptoms, management, and prevention of the acute condition chickenpox. Symptoms include a widespread rash and flu-like symptoms.

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Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes small round bumps with a tiny dimple in the center. They are painless but may itch. They easily spread through contact with clothing and towels.

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E. coli strains can be harmless while some can cause bloody diarrhea. Strains of E. coli bacteria may cause urinary tract infection (UTI), severe anemia or kidney failure.

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Rubeola, or measles, is a viral infection that's serious for small children but can be prevented by the vaccine. It's spreadable by air through coughing or sneezing.

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