obscure, rare
dangerous, serious
acute, chronic, severe
debilitating, degenerative
deadly, fatal, incurable, killer, life-threatening, terminal

fears of a new killer disease

curable, treatable
communicable, contagious, infectious
congenital, genetic, hereditary, inherited

childhood diseases such as mumps and chicken pox

blood-borne, insect-borne, waterborne

HIV and other blood-borne diseases

bowel, heart, liver, etc.

He suffered from coronary heart disease

cardiovascular, pulmonary, etc.
sexually transmitted, social, venereal

patients suffering from venereal diseases

autoimmune, circulatory, respiratory, etc.
bacterial, viral
Alzheimer's, Crohn's, Parkinson's, etc.
foot-and-mouth, hoof-and-mouth (AmE), mad cow, etc.
Dutch elm

fears of an outbreak of the disease

have, suffer from

He has a serious lung disease.

catch, contract, develop, get

You can't catch the disease just from physical contact.

She got a rare liver disease when she was only twenty.

die from, die of

Children are still dying in their millions from preventable diseases.


a disease caused by a vitamin deficiency

carry, pass on, spread, transmit

the ticks that carry the disease

Such unhygienic practices spread disease.

The disease is transmitted by mosquitoes.

detect, diagnose
combat, fight

The government must take action to fight this deadly disease.

control, manage

new drugs which help to control the disease


It's better to prevent disease by ensuring a clean water supply.

eradicate, stamp out, wipe out

The disease has been eradicated from the world.


They want to stop the disease from spreading.

affect sb, afflict sb, occur, strike sb
develop, progress
kill sb

The disease has killed 500 people so far this year.

with a/the disease

the number of people with this disease

disease in

Avian flu can cause severe disease in humans.

disease of

a disease of the digestive system

a cure for a disease
the incidence of (a) disease

the overall incidence of disease in the world

a patient with a disease, sufferer from a disease

Sufferers from Alzheimer's disease can't cope at home.

the progression of a disease

Drugs can slow down the progression of the disease, but not cure it altogether.

resistance to disease

Tobacco lowers the body's resistance to disease.

the risk of disease

the risk of coronary heart disease

the spread of (a) disease

measures to prevent the spread of the disease

the symptoms of a disease
the treatment for a disease, the treatment of a disease

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