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Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease that attacks the lungs and the digestive and reproductive systems. It is the most common serious hereditary disease in Canada.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease, and is therefore not contagious. It mainly affects the lungs and digestive system. In the lungs, it causes an accumulation of thick mucus that can clog the airways, and leads to a wide range of problems, including recurrent infections. In the digestive system, mucus accumulation prevents the body from absorbing nutrients from food, affects growth in children and causes abdominal pain.
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