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Bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi are different types of germs which can infect the body. These germs are very small and can usually only be seen directly with special tools like microscopes.  Infections can be mild or severe, depending on the type of infection and the health of the person. Many infections make people feel sick quickly after the germ gets in their body (like influenza), others can be in the body a long time before someone feels any symptoms or sickness (like HIV). 

By following precautionary measures, we can keep the circle of protection strong to help prevent getting or spreading infections. Public Health has an important role in helping to protect people and communities from infectious diseases. 


About infections

An infection is when germs enter someone’s body and start to make the person sick. 

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Avian flu (also known as H5N1) is a flu virus that mostly affects wild birds and poultry, and can lead to illness and death. 

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The COVID-19 virus is still circulating. Follow precautions to keep the circle of protection strong around our communities. 

Influenza (flu) is a contagious lung disease caused by the influenza virus. This is a different virus than the one that causes COVID-19.

Rabies is a contagious and deadly disease.

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Syphilis is a contagious bacterial infection that is mostly transmitted through sexual contact.

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