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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

A woman reads a pamphlet as New York Healthcare workers attend an Ebola educational session at the Jacob Javits Convention center in New York, October 21, 2014. Thousands of healthcare workers representing dozens of clinical and non-clinical positions att
Fears Of Infection Spread Prompt Some US Hospitals To Refuse Ebola Patients

By IBTimes AU

Medical historian Dr. Howard Markel of the University of Michigan said this won't be the first time health practitioners will refuse patients afflicted with a deadly virus as like that of the Ebola. (4:40 pm)

MORE TOPICS: NEW YORK, MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA, AIDS

‘Death Sentence’ For 50,000 Australians With The Refusal Of Costly Hep C Treatment

By IBTimes AU

50,000 Australians are deprived of Hepatitis C treatment for being too costly (4:31 pm)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, MANUFACTURING, AUSTRALIA, CANCER

A member of the New York City Department of Health (R) speaks to neighbors of Dr. Craig Spencer in the Hamilton Heights area of Harlem in New York, October 23, 2014. Spencer, who worked in West Africa with Ebola patients, tested positive for Ebola and was
Ebola Expands in U.S., Now in New York; Dallas Nurse Amber Joy Vinson Declared Virus-Free

By IBTimes AU

The two Dallas nurses diagnosed with Ebola are both responding well to medications. (4:11 pm)

MORE TOPICS: MANUFACTURING, NEW YORK, NIGERIA

Deadly Bat Virus Kills Three In Queensland; Shoot To Kill Policy In Place

By IBTimes AU

Warning in place against Australian bat lyssavirus in the start of bat breeding season (2:30 pm)

MORE TOPICS: AUSTRALIA

Participants arrive at the opening of a consultation of international experts on potential Ebola therapies and vaccines in Geneva September 4, 2014. On September 4 and 5, the World Health Organization (WHO) will bring together 200 key experts to discuss e
WHO Races to Release Ebola Serum in 2 Weeks, Vaccines in January

By IBTimes AU

The WHO targets to release an Ebola blood serum within two weeks. (6:41 pm)

MORE TOPICS: UNITED KINGDOM, MANUFACTURING, GLAXOSMITHKLINE

San Antonio Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich (L) talks to Kawhi Leonard during the first quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in San Antonio, Texas, June 15, 2014.
NBA News: San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich Blasts Phoenix Suns Owner Robert Sarver

By IBTimes AU

NBA News - San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich fire back at Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver in reply to the criticism of resting his key players last Thursday (Oct 20)

Government Health Workers Administer Blood Tests For The Ebola Virus In Kenema, Sierra Leone
Ebola Outbreak Blamed on Infected Bushmeat; First Family to Catch Virus Hunted Bats

By IBTimes AU

The current Ebola outbreak may have been caused by contaminated bushmeat specifically from some species of fruit bats popular in Africa. (Oct 20)

MORE TOPICS: GHANA, LONDON

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Manitoba, prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in this undated handout picture released October 18, 2014. The Canadian government will
Canada Conducts Practice Drill Of Ebola Rapid Response Teams, To Send Experimental VSV-BOV Vaccine To WHO

By IBTimes AU

Canada's conducting practice drills of its Ebola rapid response teams to see how well and organized the country's reaction would be in case it reports its first infection case. (Oct 20)

MORE TOPICS: CHINA, TWITTER

Early-stage Ebola product
Ebola Threat: Australia Grappling With Many Shortcomings

By IBTimes AU

In the case of Ebola, the political leadership has to take the lead in inspiring confidence among heath professionals to combat the epidemic. (Oct 17)

MORE TOPICS: GOLD, AUSTRALIA

Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden, listens via video conference as U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd R) holds a meeting with cabinet agencies coordinating the government's Ebola response in the Cabinet Room of
Ebola Comes to the U.S.: Tests Come Out Positive in Second Texas Health Worker, Hunt for Other 132 Passengers Start

By IBTimes AU

The CDC may need to rework some of its guidelines after the dreaded west African Ebola virus has successfully infected its second American victim right inside the U.S. homeland. (Oct 16)

MORE TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, WHITE HOUSE