Table 1.

The number of clinically important infectious diseases and the subset of those with a rationale for mapping by transmission category (see §2).

classificationclinically significant diseases (n = 355)diseases with rationale for mapping (n = 174)
animal contact209
blood/body fluid contact145
direct contact237
endogenousa350
food/water-borne8236
respiratory399
sexual contact112
soil contact2114
unknown114
vector-borne8880
water contact118
  • aEndogenous infections are those caused by previously inapparent or dormant pathogens arising from the typical commensal microbial flora of humans.