What Is A Pathogen?
By definition, a pathogen is any disease-producing agent. This includes viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasitic worms…and the list goes on. Basically, it is an invader that attacks its hosts’ body because it is trying to live and procreate. Yuck. Unfortunately, pathogens have evolved over the years and become stronger. Pathogens have developed highly specialized mechanisms that allow them to cross cellular and biochemical barriers. In fact, your symptoms only contribute to the survival and multiplication of the pathogen. It’s like an alien invasion of your body.
Why Are Pathogens A Problem?
As pathogens get stronger, the resulting diseases cause an increasing amount of illness and deaths each year. Remember this year’s flu season? It was one of the worst yet. According to the CDC, recent flu seasons range from 37 to 171 pediatric deaths in the United States. Who knew that by the year 2018 people would still be dying from the flu? Schools have been shutting down all over the country to ride out the flu season and prevent more hospitalizations and mortalities. That’s just one type of illness. There are countless pathogens that cause all kinds of infections and diseases.
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