Bob Burdekin, AES, CHHP
Ah, Pathogens, Always Up To No Good!
There is a multitude of bacteria that live on our skin, in our intestines, and on other surfaces in and on our body that play an important role in keeping us healthy. Pathogens, however, are disease-causing microorganisms that can cause serious illnesses. Some pathogens are viruses, others are bacteria and still, others are fungi or parasites.
Pathogens can be spread through contaminated food and water, contact with animals, or contact with people who have the disease. Common illnesses caused by pathogens include colds, flu, urinary tract infections, food poisoning, and gastroenteritis. Some more serious illnesses caused by pathogens include measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, and meningitis.
Pathogens are transmissible agents that, when they enter our bodies, can cause disease. They are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Pathogens can enter our bodies in many ways such as through the air, food, water, or contact with other people who are infected or have been exposed. Once pathogens have entered our bodies, they attack the body’s cells, causing them to become diseased or damaged. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including fever, fatigue, coughing, and vomiting.
To combat the effects of pathogens, humans rely on a strong immune system. The immune system consists of a variety of cells and proteins that work together to fight off infection and illness. When the immune system is healthy and functioning properly, it can recognize and fight off pathogens. Vaccines are also an important part of the fight against pathogens. Vaccines contain a weakened or killed form of a pathogen, which gives our body the ability to fight off the pathogen if we were exposed to it in the future.
Pathogens can have serious and sometimes deadly effects on humans. To prevent illnesses and keep ourselves healthy, it’s important to practice proper hygiene and sanitation, get vaccinated, and pay close attention to any changes in our health. By following these simple steps, we can help our body fight off any pathogens that may come our way.