Category: Infections and Diseases

The Initiation of Infection and the Cause of Disease (Part 3): Disseminated and Opportunistic Infections

In the field of infectious diseases, two of the most dreaded types of infection are disseminated infections and opportunistic infections. Without these two forms of infections, most diseases would easily be resolved. Co-infection is another complication, but we’ll discuss that at another date.

The Initiation of Infection and the Causes of Disease (Part 1): Factors Determining Infections

Before any individual can be infected, there must be a point of entry. For us humans, most of our sense organs are point of entry for microorganisms, and they also double as initiation point for infection most times. Hence, we have the following entry points for infective microorganisms: mouth, ear, nose, eyes, skin and sex organs (genitalia).

The Threat of Infection from Potential Agents of Bioterrorism

With Liberia recently declared free of Ebola virus infection, and the trailing of the catastrophe with allegations of failed experimentation of bioterrorism agents, this article, written when the world is just taking note of bioterrorism agents, takes a cursory look at past events in order for us to prepare for the unknown and delicate future filled with infectious agents with bioterrorism potentials.

Microbial Infections That Cause Stillbirths (Part I)

50% of all stillbirths have been found out to be due to infections, with 98% of these happening in low- and middle-income countries. In this series of write-ups that will run for about two weeks, cursory views are taken of bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoan infections capable of causing stillbirths in pregnant women.

Zinc treatment for serious infections in young infants

Zinc deficiency increases risk of infection and growth failure, and is a widespread problem for young children in countries of low and middle income. Routine zinc supplementation decreases occurrence, severity, and mortality of diarrhoea and pneumonia in children younger than 5 years living in areas where zinc deficiency is common.