What is communicable disease?

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megamind-616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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A communicable disease is an infection that can be spread from one organism to another. Organisms spread communicable diseases via either airborne bacteria or viruses. Communicable diseases can also be spread via blood or other bodily fluids, such as during intercourse. The terms "infectious" and "contagious" are interchangeable with the term "communicable". 

The following are examples of communicable diseases:

- Hepatitis A

- Hepatitis B

- Hepatitis C


- Polio

- Malaria

- Influenza (another term used for "flu") 

- Tuberculosis (also known as "TB") 

- Ebola

- Smallpox

- Chickenpox

- Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

- Leprosy 

- Measles 

- Mumps 

- Norovirus

- Ringworm

- Rubella

- Shingles 

- Syphilis 

- Typhoid fever 

- West Nile Virus 

By no means is this an all-inclusive list. Please see the link provided below to view more examples of communicable disease. You may also read about each example provided via the URL.