Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. In Asia, infectious diseases account for 40% of the 14 million deaths in Southeast Asia.
Some of the top infectious diseases in Asia, include diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria. Government, NGOs, pharmas and biotechs play key roles in developing immunisation programmes and vaccines to minimise the spread of infectious diseases.
In the infograph- Top 5 infectious diseases in Asia, we have compiled together the top 5 infectious diseases affecting the following asian countries- Singapore, Malaysia, India, China, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia.