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Infectious Diseases Cold – An illness caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system. The symptoms of a cold include sore throat and runny nose. Influenza/Flu – A viral infection affecting the respiratory system. The symptoms include: fever, muscle aches, and a cough. This usually last longer than a cold. Athlete’s Foot – A fungus infection of the feet. Symptoms include red, scaly, and smelly feet. This infection affects the skin and integumentary system. AIDS – A viral infection that attacks the immune system so that one is unable to fight off microbes that may attack the body. Symptoms include: unexplained weight loss, white patches in the mouth, fatigue, night sweats and unusual illnesses. Strep Throat – A bacterial infection that causes a red, sore throat with a fever. The respiratory system is affected. Yellow Fever – Yellow fever is caused by a virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include headache, muscle aches, fever, jaundice, vomiting with blood, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Non-Infectious Diseases Diabetes - A disease caused by a person’s inability to produce or properly use insulin. Diabetes can affect the pancreas, kidneys and the heart. Parkinson’s Disease – A disease of the nervous system that occurs when certain nerve cells in the brain quit functioning properly, affecting the muscular system. The major symptoms are severe shaking and disabilities involving movement. Skin Cancer – A disease in which skin cells in the outer layers become damaged. Factors that contribute to skin cancer include UV light from the sun, tanning beds, and heredity. The integumentary system is affected. Symptoms include change in moles, in size or color, and sores that do not heal. Asthma - A disease that affects the airways of the lungs. It causes periodic wheezing and difficulty breathing. An asthma attack may occur as a result of allergies, exercise, cold weather. The respiratory system is affected.