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I m S ,: i, CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 - 29 Q.: I remember having lots of fevers as a kid, but now that I'm older, I don't get them like I used to. What gives? A.: The immune system doesn't function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger peo- ple. The body's-fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults older than age 65 who have serious bacterial infec- tions do not have fevers. This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the lead- ing cause of death. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, virus- es, fungi or protozoa. Bacteria are made up of only one cell. Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases in humans. Harmless bacteria live in human intestines, where they help to digest food. Foods such as yogurt and cheese, are made using bacte- ria. Some bacteria produce danger- ous poisons. Botulism, a severe HEALTHY GEEZER Fred Cicetti Fred Cicetti, a first'class geezer over 60 who writes a health column for senior cit- izens. To ask a question, send an email to fredci- cetti@gmail.com. disease. Some protozoa, likecommon insect carriers of disease. The common cold is an acute plankton, are food for marine ani- Mosquitoes can transmit malaria, infection. Hepatitis C, which mils. Malaria is caused by a pro- Fleas that pick up bacteria from affects the liver, is a chronic viral tozoan parasite, rodents can then transmit plague infection. You can get infected by germs to humans. The tiny deer tick can Chickenpox is an example of a from other people in many differ- infect humans with Lyme disease, latent infection that can emerge ent ways, including transmission We become immune to germs many years later and causes a dis- through the air from coughing or natt~ally and artificially. Before ease called shingles. sneezing, direct contact such as birth, we received natural immu- Handwashing is a simple and kissing or sexual intercourse, and nity from our mothers. Once we effective way to stop the transmis- touching infectious material on a are exposed to a germ, wedevelop sion of germs. Health-care doorknob, telephone, automated natural immunity t0 it from spe- experts recommend scrubbing teller machine or a diaper, cial cells in our immune systems, your hands vigorously for at least A variety of germs come from Artificial immunity can come 15 seconds with soap and water. household pets. Dog and cat sail- from vaccines. It is especially important to va can contain any of more than Most infections caused by wash your hands before touching 100 different germs that can make microbes fall into three major food, after coughing or sneezing, you sick. groups: acute infections, chronic after changing a diaper and after , Mosquitoes may be the most infections and latent infections, using the toilet. virus's genes surrounded by a pro- tein coat. Most viruses cause dis- ease. They invade normal cells then multiply. A fungus is a primitive veg- etable. There are millions of types of fungi. The most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast, mold and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing ill- neSs. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in form of food poisoning, is caused humans. Penicillin and other by toxins from bacteria, antibiotics, which kill harmful !!!iiiii!~:i iiiii)i i!i ii!iiiiiiil i I We're cetebra~ngr0years0fqualityeyecare However, several vaccines are bacteria in our bodies, are made made from bacterial toxins, from fungi. ~ii) iii ~ii::, ::iiiii~ ii~ii+iii~i 'iiiii iliii i~i~ isii~! St p bY arty f urSi cati nst WlN I z'i NASCARNEXTEL CUP~ckets Viruses are among the smallest Protozoa are a group of micro- i - microbes. They consist of one or scopic one-celled animals. In i iiiiiii ::i:: i ii Years of Eye Care " more molecules that contain the humans, protozoa usually cause iii::iii ii~ ii~i~ Laser VisionCorrecti0n Surgery ~:~.'~oo~l^~Eo ~ n" i . f FOCUSED ON THE FLtTUR~ Breast health is topic Feb. 28 in Lewes a a mum mo e Call (aoo) 734-2010 Mytia Clarke of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will "~ present A Breast Health Presentation at 7 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Lewes Public Library. Clarke will lead a discussion on breast health, including early detection and practice on a breast model. To register for the program, call 645-4633 or email info@lewesli- brary.org. According to the American Cancer Society, Delawarewas the third highest state in the United States for breast cancer mortality rates in 2004. The DBCC is committed to making a positive difference by raising awareness about early detection and treatment of breast cancer. This program is free and open to the public. 1 avann R . Historic Lewes, DE m 17 2o ,'r--~Tr; ,3 Catholic capital 30. Combine that treats 3 !. With weapons addiction 37. Famoul]ockW 57='. At all times considered as* II II1"- Similar characteristics a unit 25 26 27 ~ 30 31 59. Violent public disorder 39. Set of clothing 160. Bingo 40. Inside ---- Planned actions 42. Enfold 62. Basic word form 43. Cadets 36 45. Ring CLUES DOWN 46. Sinuous III ii 47 48 49 51 52 m 53 m 57 I. Very fast airplane 47. Journey by foot 2. American state 48. 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