Going viral: Infectious diseases in the United States

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Chronic Disease, Vaccines

 

Here are 6 illnesses you are more likely to get than Ebola:

1.  Flu

HOW IT SPREADS:  Droplets from sick people’s coughs and sneezes can travel 6 feet
INFECTIONS: 75,000 positive tests in 2012-2013 season
DEATHS: 3,000 to 49,000 a year
SOURCE: CDC

2.  Enterovirus

HOW IT SPREADS: Touching infected person or surface
INFECTIOINS: 10-15 Million a year
DEATHS: Most infections from this family of viruses generate at most a mild illness, but this year’s Enterovirus D68 has killed at least 2 children
SOURCE: CDC

3. Norovirus

HOW IT SPREADS:  From infected person, contaminated food, water or surface
INFECTIONS: 19-21 Million a year
DEATHS: 570 TO 800 a year
SOURCE: CDC

4. HIV

HOW IT SPREADS: Bodily fluids and infected needles
INFECTIONS: About 50,000 a year
DEATHS: About 15,500 in 2010 (after HIV infection led to AIDS)
SOURCE: CDC

5. Hepatitis

HOW IT SPREADS: Infected needles
INFECTIONS: 16,500 estimated in 2011
DEATHS: 16,000 cases where it is listed as cause of death, considered to only be a fraction
SOURCE: CDC

6. Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV)

HOW IT SPREADS: Coughs and Sneezes
INFECTIONS: Almost every child has an RSV before they are 2; creating 1.5 Million outpatients visits annually
DEATHS: RSV can be severe for seniors – 14,000 people over 65 die from it annually
SOURCE:  CDC

 

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