Difference between Communicable and Non-communicable diseases

Communicable and Non-communicable diseases

Communicable diseases are those diseases which can be transferred from one individual to another. Typically, it is caused by pathogens such as viruses, bacteria for instance diseases such as AIDS, malaria, dengue etc. On the other hand, non-communicable diseases are the diseases which are not transmitted from one to another person. These are typically some of the allergies, nutrient deficiencies etc.

Difference between Communicable and Non-communicable diseases

The table below depicts the important differences between communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Characteristics Communicable Diseases Non-communicable diseases
Definition Diseases spread from one to another person. Can be spread through water, air etc Diseases cannot be transmitted from one to another person
Causative Pathogens that are highly infectious and vectors transmit these diseases Here, the causative is allergies, malnutrition, illness due to internal factors, lifestyle changes, environmental changes, abnormalities in cell proliferation etc
Agent causing infection Virus, bacteria No agents
Inheritance factor Cannot be inherited from one generation to another Can be inherited from generation on
Example AIDS, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Malaria, Cholera Allergies, cancer, heart diseases, diabetes
Type of disease As it can develop almost immediately, it is acute As it develops over a period of time and lasts for long, it is chronic
Treatment Traditional methods/therapies Surgically or specialized methodologies

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