How infections are spread

Many germs spread in more than one way. Some are spread through the air, by contact with an infected person, through blood or body fluids, contaminated food or water, or by insects and animals.

What are germs?

“Germs” is a common term used for bacteria, viruses, fungi and some parasites.

Germs are found everywhere.

Not all germs cause disease. Some germs even help us to stay healthy. Some germs can lead to infection or disease. A communicable disease is an infection caused by a germ spread from person to person or from the environment to a person.

Many germs spread in more than one way.

The influenza virus can be spread in droplets in the air or by contact with a tissue that someone with the flu has used to blow their nose.

    • How Infections Are Spread

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