Providing care & treatment of infectious diseases
The Infectious Disease and Immunology Department specializes in the management and treatment of disorders of the immunologic system caused by drug therapies and disease, including AIDS.
Understanding Infectious Disease
Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. Infectious diseases are caused by germs, tiny living things that are found everywhere - in air, soil and water.
There are four main kinds of germs:
Bacteria - germs that multiply and may release chemicals which can make you sick
Viruses - capsules that contain genetic material, and use your own cells to multiply
Fungi - primitive vegetables, like mushrooms or mildew
Protozoa - one-celled animals that use other living things for food and a place to live