Infectious disease specialists diagnose and treat diseases and disorders caused by organisms like bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
Infectious diseases, also known as contagious or transmissible diseases, can spread through both direct contact (person to person, animal to person, mother to unborn child) and indirect contact (insect bites, food contamination). They include:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Lyme disease
- Viral meningitis
Our office at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center is skilled at diagnosing the disease to determine its origin (usually by conducting a blood test) and then determines the best course of treatment. Our team also provides vaccinations and can help you manage any chronic conditions associated with an infectious disease.