P1: Explain How Infections Are Caused By Different Pathogens

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P1: Explain how infections are caused by different pathogens: * Bacteria * Fungi * Protozoa * Parasites * Viruses Bacteria: Pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria and these cause diseases in the body. Bacteria is a pathogen and are microscopic living cells that multiply at a rapid speed, once inside the body they spread toxins making the individual ill. Bacteria can cause diseases such as; * food poisoning * cholera * typhoid * whooping cough * gonorrhoea - a sexually transmitted disease Bacteria can travel in many things such as food, water or even through the air. For example if an individual is sitting next to someone that keeps on sneezing, the individual will eventually…show more content…
Tinea is a fungal infection that can be easily spread, for example if you use a hairbrush that belongs to an individual that suffers from Tinea then the contact with your scalp could enable you to catch the fungal infection. Another common fungal infection is Athletes foot; this usually appears between the toes and toenails and on the foot. Athlete's foot causes symptoms that include red, dry, cracked, and itchy skin between the toes. Some people also have red, scaly bumps filled with pus on the bottoms and sides of their feet. The symptoms are one Protozoa: Protozoa is not a pathogen; it is a single-celled organism. If food or water gets contaminated with protozoa then this could cause infections such as amoebic dysentery, of which severe diarrhoea is one of the symptoms. Also some protozoa are parasites, these organisms live on, or inside, and another organism and cause it harm. For example Malaria, Malaria is a disease caused by protozoa that live in the blood. It is passed to an individual by an insect vector, for example the

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