Infectious Diseases: Conditions
Infectious Disease Care at Washington Township Medical Foundation
There are many different types of infectious diseases. Infectious diseases
can be spread by direct contact—such as “person to person”
contact, animal to person contact, or from a mother to her unborn child—as
well as indirect contact, including contact with contaminated surfaces.
Insect bites and contaminated food or water can also cause certain types of
infectious diseases. At Washington Township Medical Foundation, our caring and highly skilled
medical team provides care for patients with infectious diseases.
Learn more about various types of infectious diseases below:
AIDS / HIV – HIV can cause AIDS, a disease that impairs the body’s ability
to battle infections.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases – STDs are transmitted through sexual contact, and include chlamydia,
genital herpes, gonorrhea, HIV / AIDS, syphilis, and human papillomavirus.
C-Diff – A bacteria called
Clostridium difficile can cause inflammation of the colon.
Hepatitis B – Hepatitis B is an infection caused by a virus that can seriously
damage the liver.
Hepatitis C – Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that damages the
liver and can cause inflammation.
Influenza – Influenza is a very contagious viral infection that impacts the
respiratory passages and can be deadly.
Measles – Though preventable by a vaccine, measles can be very dangerous
for young children.
Mumps – Mumps is a viral infection that causes swollen salivary glands.
It is preventable through a vaccine.
Noro Virus – Noro virus is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis.
Pneumonia – Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs.
Rubella – Rubella can be prevented by a vaccine. Pregnant women who contract
rubella can have children born with serious birth defects.
Tuberculosis – Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease, and may be the
second leading cause of death in the world.
Viral Hepatitis – Acute viral hepatitis is a viral infection that is short in duration.
Chronic viral hepatitis can cause a life-long infection.
Whooping Cough / Pertussis – Pertussis is a contagious infection of the respiratory tract that
results in a distinctive “whooping” cough.
Wound Infections – Common organisms that cause wound infections are Staphylococcus
aureus / MRSA, enterococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Zika Virus – The Zika virus causes a disease and is contracted through mosquito
bites. Symptoms include fever, a red rash, red eyes, and joint pain.