The infectious diseases specialists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are recognized authorities in the diagnosis and treatment of AIDS, HIV, hepatitis, meningitis, pneumonia, sexually transmitted diseases, and other conditions.
Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms – such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites – that are normally harmless, but may cause disease under specific conditions. Many of these microorganisms colonize either in or on our bodies.
While some infectious diseases are passed from person to person, others are transmitted by insect or animal bites. Ingesting contaminated food or water can also cause illness.
Signs and symptoms vary from disease to disease but fever and chills are common. Many infectious diseases, including chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing is an effective protective measure.
Combining expert and compassionate care with state-of-the-art medical resources, UT Southwestern provides advanced health care services that make a difference in patients’ lives.