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Infectious Disease

About Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by germs (such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that enter the body, multiply, and can cause an infection.

  • Some infectious diseases are contagious (or communicable) and spread from one person to another.
  • Other infectious diseases can be spread by germs carried in air, water, food, or soil. They can also be spread by biting insects or by animals.
Definition provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID).

About the UMMC Infectious Diseases Program

The UMMC Infectious Diseases program provides care for adults with suspected or known infectious diseases, including, but not limited to, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and diseases caused by bacteria or viruses. Proper treatment is essential to prevent complications for those infected and to reduce the further spread of these diseases.

The program provides a travel medicine clinic for those planning to visit other countries, offering immunizations required for overseas travel. Our board-certified specialists also supervise infection control and epidemiological activities at UMMC.

See Children's of Mississippi infectious diseases services.

Infectious Disease care at UMMC

Conditions and Treatments