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What is a microorganism that causes disease?

Last Updated: 17th February, 2020

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Most microbes belong to four major groups: bacteria, viruses, protozoa or fungi. (To find out more, see the “Bacteria/Viruses/Protozoa” fact sheets). Disease-causing microbes can also be called pathogens, germs or bugs and are responsible for causing infectious diseases.

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Consequently, which diseases are caused by microorganisms?

Microbes cause infectious diseases such as flu and measles. There is also strong evidence that microbes may contribute to many non–infectious chronic diseases such as some forms of cancer and coronary heart disease. Different diseases are caused by different types of micro-organisms.

Also Know, what are 5 diseases caused by bacteria? Common pathogenic bacteria and the types of bacterial diseases they cause include:

  • Escherichia coli and Salmonella cause food poisoning.
  • Helicobacter pylori cause gastritis and ulcers.
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea.
  • Neisseria meningitidis causes meningitis.

Furthermore, what are the 4 types of microorganisms?

Bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and algae are the major groups of microorganisms.

What bacteria is harmful to humans?

Harmful bacteria are called pathogenic bacteria because they cause disease and illnesses like strep throat, staph infections, cholera, tuberculosis, and food poisoning.

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Which disease is caused by virus?

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How are microbes harmful?

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What does a bacterial infection look like?

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