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Chain of Infection

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To spread any infection, first a pathogen must be present. A pathogen is a a microorganism that can cause disease. The causative agent in most diseases is a pathogen. Infectious Agent
where the pathogen lives before it infects the body. Some examples of reservoirs include food, water, animals, insects, soil and humans.A place where microbes grow and reproduce. reservior
how the pathogen gets out of its host so that it can travel to another host. portal of exit
how the pathogen travels. It is how the organisms gets into a healthy human body mode of transmission
the opening where the organisms enter the body. portal of entry
the person who is most likely to get the disease such as young children, elderly people and those with a compromised immune system. susceptible host
hospital acquired infections Nosocomial infections
without symptoms asymptomatic
of the nature of or concerning a symptom symptomatic
the pathogen is acquired from the healthcare enviroment exogenous infection
the pathogen arises from the patients normal flora and some form of treatment. ex. chemotheray or antibiotics endogenous infection
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