cause illness

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This means that counterfeit cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol could contain harmful chemicals which can cause illness and in excess could prove to be fatal.
The CDC says the fungus, which is found in soil, decaying wood, and other organic matter, can produce an opportunistic infection in people with immune-system compromise but can also cause illness in healthy people who have been exposed to the spores after traumatic implantation.
Plus, there are no lifeguards and there is a danger of water pollution that can cause illness.
A council spokesman warned: "Water in the lake has been found to contain large numbers of blue-green algae which may cause illness in humans and animals.
A bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs (agents) used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants.
The blue-green algae can cause illness in humans and animals and people are being warned not to touch the scum in the water or on the shore.
She added the types of bacteria found could cause illness but were unlikely to make people in good health unwell.
A MOST germs that could cause illness arrive in your home on people, food or pets.
Researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a component of the National Institutes of Health, have discovered a survival mechanism in a common type of bacteria that can cause illness.
under the sponsorship of the Copper Development Association, New York, are proving that copper and its alloys, brass and bronze, effectively eliminate bacteria and viruses that cause illness.
Germs and viruses are tiny, but they cause illness that can cause a nose-drip, a fever, or worse.