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Respiratory infections 

Respiratory infections
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Respiratory infections
Author(s):

Mary Cooke

and John M. Watson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198719830.003.0018
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date: 27 November 2020

This chapter outlines the clinical features, epidemiology, and public health impact of communicable respiratory diseases, which are responsible for substantial worldwide morbidity and mortality. A diverse range of organisms, including viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, and fungi, are responsible for these infections. This chapter discusses the variety of transmission routes these pathogens employ to infect human hosts and summarizes the methods currently in use to diagnose, prevent, and control disease in the human population.

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