We occasionally come intocontact with people or animalsthat are infected and thusexpose ourselves to thepathogens of their diseases. Infact, our environment is suchthat everyday we live withsome risk of exposure todiseases.
Although most microorganismslive in harmony with the humanbody, some—called
—can infect thebody and cause disease.Infectious diseases range frommild illnesses, such as a cold,to fatal illnesses, such as AIDS.
Host and Microbial Interaction