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Infection

An infection is the detrimental colonization of a host organism by a foreign parasite species. Infecting organisms seeks to utilize the host'sresources to multiply, usually at the expense of the host. The infecting organism, or pathogen, interferes with the normal functioning of the host and can lead to chronic wounds, gangrene, loss of an infected limb, and even death. The immune system of mammalian hosts reacts to infections with an innate response, often involving inflammation, followed by an adaptive response. Colloquially, a pathogen is usually considered a microscopic organism though the definition is broader, including macroparasites, fungi, viruses, prions, bacteria, and viroids. Asymbiosis between parasite and host, whereby the relationship is beneficial for the former but detrimental to the latter, is characterised asparasitism. The branch of medicine that focuses on infections and pathogens is infectious disease. "When infection attacks the body,anti-infective drugs can help turn the tide of battle. Four types of anti-infective or drugs exist: antibacterial (antibiotic), antiviral, antitubercular, and antifungal.

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Articles About Infection

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus
Gold Coast Suspected Ebola Victim Not Cause For Panic

By IBTimes AU

Doctors have yet to confirm that the Gold Coast man was indeed inflicted with Ebola virus. (Sep 11)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, SOUTH AFRICA, KENYA

Workers from Doctors Without Borders unload emergency medical supplies to deal with Ebola
Ebola Scare in Australia as Gold Coast Hospital Isolates Suspected Patient

By IBTimes AU

Doctors believe the chances of the patient testing positive for the virus was unlikely. (Sep 11)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, AUSTRALIA

What You Need to Know About the Enterovirus D68

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

A quick-spreading virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in the United States. What is this virus and who is at-risk of being infected? (Sep 10)

MORE TOPICS: CALIFORNIA, ASTHMA

Micro Biologist  Works On Research In A Lab
Australians Must Beware Of Sepsis: It Infects 30,000 Of Australians And Kills 7500 Each Year, Study Says

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

If one who is infected with the disease needs to have diagnosis early, each hours delay in treatment increases the risk at 8%. (Sep 09)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, BREAST CANCER, CANCER

Doctors Are Checking The  Condition of a Baby
Caution To All US Parents: A Respiratory Virus Attacked More Than 900 Children In US And Expects To Outbreak More Parts Of The Country.

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

The officials from the Children's Hospital, Colorado in Denver said that they have treated more than 900 children patients with the sign of the respiratory virus between August 18 and September 4. (Sep 08)

MORE TOPICS: ASTHMA

Asylum Seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran Cry as Indonesian Officers Force Them to Leave the Australian Vessel Hermia
Australia's Asylum Seeker Policy Blamed for Iranian Refugee's 'Brain Dead' Condition

By IBTimes AU

Australia's asylum seeker policy is once again in the spotlight over poor conditions in offshore detention centres. An Iranian refugee has developed an infection while in Manus Island. (Sep 05)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Asylum Seekers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran Cry as Indonesian Officers Force Them to Leave the Australian Vessel Hermia
Misbehaving Asylum Seekers On Manus Island Kept In Secret Isolation Unit; Australian Asylum-Seeker 'Brain-Dead'

By IBTimes AU

Four main compounds of the Manus Island detention center, Delta, Foxtrot, Mike and Oscar, appear on the official map but the most notorious compound, called Chauka, doesn't. (Sep 04)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA, HUMAN RIGHTS, FACEBOOK, UNITED NATIONS

Flu vs. Cold Symptoms: What's the Difference?

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Do you know if you have a cold or the flu? Knowing the difference can help you avoid serious illnesses that can result from these common viral infections. (Sep 04)

MORE TOPICS: ASTHMA

Brunswick, GermanyAn undated file picture taken with electronic microscope shows EHEC bacteria (enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) in Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Brunswick. German health authorities on May 25, 2011 have warned consumers t
Billions of Bacteria Shift House With You

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

Microbes can mark you out, intrude into your health domain, and leave traces of your identity everywhere. (Sep 03)

MORE TOPICS: GERMANY

ZMapp Drug Killed Ebola Virus In Apes

By IBTimes AU (No Google news)

The wonder drug shows some indication to fight the viral outbreak. (Sep 02)