Essay On Bloodborne Pathogens

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Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can cause harmful diseases in humans. The most common kinds of bloodborne pathogens are hepatitis B, hepatitis C , and human immunodeficiency virus. These pathogens can cause serious health problems. HIV can lead to AIDS, which is a life threatening disease that attacks your immune system. Many humans around the world suffer from bloodborne pathogens, they can damage many important organs and are spread in many ways. The most common and life threatening bloodborne pathogen is HBV, which we will focus on.
Drug injections are the most prominent source of infection for hepatitis, roughly sixty-percent were infected through some kind of drug injection. Hepatitis is also a sexually transmitted disease (STD), meaning hepatitis can be given to another person by sexual means. Roughly fifteen percent of people with hepatitis acquired it this way. Blood transfusions account for about ten-percent of origination. Acquisition from place of work makes up for around four-percent, and we currently do not know how another eleven-percent of people were infected with hepatitis. However, hepatitis is not the only bloodborne pathogen, there is also human immunodeficiency virus, syphilis and malaria. HIV attacks our immune system preventing us from correctly defending ourselves from other diseases. It is
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Hepatitis actually means “inflammation of the liver,” because it does just that. Hepatitis targets the liver. Let's go into some detail about the liver. The liver has two main parts: the left lobe and the right lobe. They are a red brown color and is the heaviest organ in a human body(average weight is around three pounds). It can regenerate tissue if needed and normally contains about thirteen percent of our blood at any moment. While all this is substantial, the fact that it can still function with seventy-five percent of its cells lost or not working is far more

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