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Bacterial infections

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There is more bacteria in and on our bodies than there are cells in the human body. They live on the skin and in the bowel, and mostly are not contagious or harmful. They are essential for good health. But sometimes they, or more often bacteria from elsewhere, can cause infections.

Bacterial infections can affect the throat, the lungs, the skin, the bowel and many others parts of the body. Many are mild, some are severe. Treatment is usually a course of antibiotics (which don’t work against viruses).

Bacterial infections can be highly contagious and so you need to take special care to avoid spreading infections by washing hands, covering up when sneezing and coughing, and not sharing cups and drink bottles.

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Bacterial infections - NT.GOV.AU

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Many bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but they are useless against viral infections.

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Impetigo | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

What is impetigo? Impetigo, sometimes called "school sores" is a bacterial infection of the skin

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Leprosy - ACD

Leprosy is a chronic bacterial infection caused by the organism Mycobacterium leprae. It primarily affects the skin and the nerves.

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Impetigo fact sheet - Fact sheets

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin. Good hygiene helps prevent spread of infection.

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Diphtheria fact sheet - Fact sheets

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal bacterial infection that usually affects the nose and throat. It is very uncommon in Australia but can reemerge when immunisation rates are low.

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Anthrax

Anthrax Category: Infections and Parasites Topic: Bacterial Infections Send by email View as PDF Send by post Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by infection with Bacillus anthracis

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Melioidosis

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Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is caused by a bacterial infection and can lead to serious illness. It is uncommon in NSW, and occurs more often in winter and spring. Infants, small children, adolescents and young adults are most at risk. Early treatment is vital.

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