Infectious diseases are caused by germs—tiny living organisms found in the air, soil and water.  While many germs are harmless, others can cause life-threatening illnesses. Under certain circumstances people can become infected by touching, eating, drinking or breathing something that contains germs. Germs are also spread through insect and animal bites, kissing and sexual contact. Vaccines, proper hand washing and medicines can help prevent infectious diseases.

Expect Care for Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases vary widely in their causes, symptoms and treatments. Some infections may be cured through rest and simple home care, while others may require hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics.

The infectious disease specialists at LewisGale Regional Health System are experienced in diagnosing and treating many types of infectious diseases, such as influenza, Lyme disease, malaria, RSV, and shingles, as well as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

You can trust our physicians to provide compassionate, personalized care based on the latest, evidence-based medicine and backed by the LewisGale network of resources.

Learn more about infectious diseases and their prevention and treatment at our online Health Library, including:

Learn more about how you can help prevent infection.

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