Infectious (or communicable) diseases are caused by germs—tiny organisms that share the world with us. Many germs are harmless, but others can cause life-threatening illnesses. Disease-causing germs can be spread among people by touching, eating, drinking, sexual contact and even breathing. Insect and animal bites can also infect people.
Investigative Medicine for Infectious Diseases
Doctors who specialize in infectious diseases are the detectives of the medical world, investigating the cause of an illness and determining how to cure it. They work closely with pathologists and medical laboratory professionals to find clues from blood and tissue samples and other tests.
The infectious disease specialists at North Kansas City Hospital are trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent infectious bacterial and viral diseases of all types. Such diseases include HIV/AIDS, influenza, MRSA, hepatitis, meningitis, herpes, pneumonia and many other illnesses. Learn more about these and other infectious diseases at our online Health Encyclopedia.
Preventing Infectious Disease
Proper hand washing is one of the best ways to kill germs and avoid infections. Infectious diseases can also be prevented with vaccines and other medications. Get information on how vaccinations work and the current immunization recommendations for you and your family.
Before You Travel
Planning a trip to another country? Talk to your doctor at least six weeks before traveling to find out what vaccines may be needed for safe, healthy travels.