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Tazlima
09-01-2014, 05:56 AM
I need a list of basic, broad categories of transmittable diseases. All I've been able to think of so far are:

- Bacteria
- Viruses
- Fungi
- Parasites

Are there other categories that I'm missing? I haven't been able to find a list like this online (probably because I don't know the correct key word to research).

Marlys
09-01-2014, 06:06 AM
Pathogen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathogen) is the word you're looking for. A couple of other types, plus discussion, at the link.

benbenberi
09-01-2014, 07:00 AM
Don't forget prions! (cause things like mad cow disease)

espresso5
09-01-2014, 07:06 AM
I need a list of basic, broad categories of transmittable diseases. All I've been able to think of so far are:

- Bacteria
- Viruses
- Fungi
- Parasites

Are there other categories that I'm missing? I haven't been able to find a list like this online (probably because I don't know the correct key word to research).

You pretty much had it.
-bacteria
-viruses
-fungi
-protozoa
-helminths

You could tack on prions if you wanted.

Albedo
09-01-2014, 07:14 AM
Don't forget arthropods, e.g. lice or scabies.

Albedo
09-01-2014, 07:16 AM
There are also very rare transmissible cancers.

Tazlima
09-01-2014, 06:04 PM
Thanks everybody, this was really helpful!