Respiratory Illness - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Infectious Respiratory Illness

Infectious diseases are caused by germs (viruses, bacteria or other pathogenic microbes). Germs that can infect the respiratory system are frequently spread through mucus and saliva (also known as "respiratory secretions") when a person coughs, sneezes, talks or laughs.

Transmission of infectious respiratory diseases from one person to another can be greatly reduced by taking precautions:

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Updated Tuesday, 29-Jan-2019 15:53:30 CST