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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2006-05-25 17:26:23

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'communicative diseases' for 'communicable diseases'

Chatty viruses? I don’t think this is anything but a malapropism, but it’s fairly common one. Examples:

The focus shall be on communicative diseases, common nutritional disorders, and on environmental health and hygiene. Maternal and child care, immunisation, ...

Governments also addressed the need to combat non-communicative diseases stemming from the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and drugs… Old%20back%20up/health-eng.htm

... non-formal education – indeed all media – must spread socially targeted and effective messages and skills about communicative diseases. URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

New Georgia Encyclopedia: Joseph Hill White (1859-1953)... under whose auspices he was posted to Central and South America to further the foundation’s work against various communicative diseases. ...

You can reduce your risk of SARS (and many other communicative diseases) through this preventative measure: WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, with soap and water …

Kids under 12 can carry and catch communicative diseases easier than adults.



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