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Resources for Infectious Diseases

HIV and AIDS

AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, which kills or impairs cells of the immune system and progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Detailed information on chronic fatigue syndrome, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Detailed information on chickenpox, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, complications, and immunity

Common Cold

Detailed information on the common cold, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Common Infectious Diseases

Detailed information on the most common infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome, common cold, diphtheria, E. coli, giardiasis, infectious mononucleosis, influenza (flu), lyme disease, malaria, measles, meningitis, mum

Diphtheria

Detailed information on diphtheria, including symptoms, transmission, treatment, and prevention

Influenza (Flu)

How do you know if you have the flu? Symptoms: abrupt onset of fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough.

Giardiasis

Detailed information on giardiasis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Handwashing

Use warm water to wet your hands, then apply soap. Rub your hands together for at least 10 seconds. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap.

Immune System

The immune system keeps infectious microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, out of the body, and destroys any infectious microorganisms that do invade.

Home Page - Infectious Diseases

Detailed information on the most common infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome, common cold, diphtheria, E. coli, giardiasis, infectious mononucleosis, influenza (flu), lyme disease, malaria, measles, meningitis, mum

Malaria

Detailed information on malaria, including symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and information for travelers

Measles

Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment

Infectious Mononucleosis

Detailed information on infectious mononucleosis, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and transmission

Mumps in Adults

Detailed information on mumps, including symptoms, diagnosis, complications, and treatment

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a serious inflammation of the lungs in which the air sacs fill with pus and other liquid.

Poliomyelitis (Polio)

Detailed information on poliomyelitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Detailed information on Rocky Mountain spotted fever, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Salmonella Infections

Salmonella bacteria are usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Beef, poultry, milk, and eggs are common sources.

Topic Index - Infectious Diseases

Detailed information on the most common infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, chickenpox, chronic fatigue syndrome, common cold, diphtheria, E. coli, giardiasis, infectious mononucleosis, influenza (flu), lyme disease, malaria, measles, meningitis, mum

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Women suffer more frequent and severe symptoms from STDs. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

Tetanus

Detailed information on tetanus, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Detailed information on toxic shock syndrome, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Tuberculosis (TB)

Detailed information on tuberculosis, including risks, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment

West Nile Virus

Detailed information on West Nile virus, including symptoms, prevention, and treatment

Childhood Immunizations

Your little one will need several immunization shots to help protect her from several childhood diseases, some of which can be deadly. Knowing which shots she needs, when, and what to do in the event of a minor reaction is important.

Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation of the meninges, the membranes that surround the brain. Most cases of meningitis are caused by viruses; bacterial meningitis is rare.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin anywhere on the body.

Lyme Disease

Detailed information on Lyme disease, including ticks that transmit Lyme disease, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Viral Hepatitis Overview

Detailed information on the different types of hepatitis, including viral hepatitis, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, and hepatitis c

HIV and Dementia

AIDS dementia is a debilitating consequence of HIV infection and is typically seen in advanced stages of the disease.

Preventing Opportunistic Infections in HIV/AIDS

Opportunistic infections that other people might fight off easily could make you really sick if you have HIV. Getting one or more of these OIs could mean that your HIV has advanced to AIDS.

Pneumocystis Pneumonia

If your immune system is weakened by HIV/AIDS, you have a greater chance of developing pneumocystis pneumonia, a crippling lung infection.

HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions

Skin conditions are common in people with HIV/AIDS. Many are caused by germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system.

When You’re HIV-Positive: What to Say

Not all friends and loved ones need to know. Since the main benefit for you is their understanding and support, you need to think about which trusted friends and family members are most likely to offer the support you need.

Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection

A necrotizing soft tissue infection is a serious, life-threatening condition that requires immediate treatment to keep it from destroying skin, muscle, and other soft tissues.

Gangrene

Gangrene is a dangerous and potentially fatal condition that happens when the blood flow to a large group of tissues is cut off.

Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli

This particular strain of E. coli causes a severe intestinal infection. You can get this infection by eating contaminated meat or by drinking unpasteurized juice or milk that has been contaminated.
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