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Infectious Diseases by Name

Infections can be caused by hundreds of different microbes. Are you looking for information on a specific bacterium or virus? Find out short summaries or in-depth information about individual microbes by name and the kinds of disease they can cause. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention methods, as well as its history and impact on society.

Yeast Infections
Profile of yeast infections caused by candida. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Anisakiasis
Scared of sushi? The Anisakis worm is a parasite that can cause nasty infections in humans who enjoy eating raw fish.

Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot, also known as ringworm of the foot, is a fungal infection that causes itchy, scaly skin between the toes. Learn about its symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, and tips for preventing athlete's foot.

Bird Flu, a.k.a. Avian Influenza A Infections in Humans
Bird Flu or Avian Influenza has been in recent news. Find out more about what it is, its symptoms, methods of treatment, and how to prevent bird flu.

Botulism caused by Clostridium botulinum
Botulism, caused by ingestion of Clostridium botulinum or its toxin, can be deadly for its victims. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of this disease.

Campylobacter and Campylobacteriosis Foodborne Disease
Campylobacter jejuni causes a food-borne diarrheal disease after eating contaminated milk or poultry. Find out symptoms of Campylobacter infections and how to limit the risk for disease.

Invasive Candidiasis - Systemic Candida Fungal Infections
Profile of invasive Candidiasis that causes a systemic fungal infection. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Cholera - Vibrio Cholera Infection
Find out about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of cholera, caused by the bacteria, Vibrio cholera. Learn about the epidemiology of this common epidemic and tips for travelers on preventing infection.

Cold Sores Caused by Herpes Virus
Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Find out about symptoms, prevention, and treatment of cold sores and oral herpes infections

Colitis Caused by Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
Clostridium difficile bacterial disease is on the rise, causing more and more cases of hospital-borne infection. Find out the symptoms of Clostridium difficile colitis and how to treat and prevent infection. Read more about Toxins A and B of Clostridium difficile and how they contribute to the disease.

CMV, or Cytomegalovirus in Pregnant Women
Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the largest of all viruses and infects most people some time in their life. Most infections are harmless, but transmission of the virus from pregnant women to their fetuses can cause permanent disabilities.

E. coli O157:H7 - Bloody Diarrhea, or Hemorrhagic Colitis
E. coli O157:H7 is a common cause of foodborne outbreaks. It has been associated with hamburger, apple juice, and unpasteurized dairy products. It causes a disease called hemorrhagic colitis, characterized by bloody diarrhea. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of E. coli O157:H7 infections.

Ear Infections – Otitis Media
Ear infections, or otitis media, are a common childhood infection, afflicting most infants and small children. Find out what are ear infections, and their symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention.

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a common childhood infection associated with outbreaks in child care settings. It is usually caused by Coxsackie virus or Enterovirus 71. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease

Jock Itch
Jock itch, or ringworm of the groin, is a fungal infection that affects the groin and inner thighs. Find out more about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Listeriosis caused by Listeria monocytogenes
What is Listeria, and how do I avoid getting it? Who should avoid eating soft cheeses and deli meats? Is my fetus at risk?

Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread through tick bites. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Measles
Measles, also known as Rubeola, is a leading cause of death of young children worldwide, despite the availability of an inexpensive and effective MMR vaccine. Find out about symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention of measles.

Mono, a.k.a. Mononucleosis or the Kissing Disease
Mono or Mononucleosis is sometimes called the Kissing Disease because it is common among young adults and teenagers and spread through saliva. Find out more about symptoms of Mono and how to treat the disease.

MRSA - Community-Acquired MRSA
CA-MRSA, or community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has been a growing concern among athletes, students, and military recruits. Find out some important facts about the MRSA superbug and how you can avoid CA-MRSA infections.

MRSA - Healthcare-Acquired MRSA
Hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or HA-MRSA, comprises a large proportion of MRSA infections in the US. Find out more about symptoms of MRSA associated with hospital settings, treatment options, and tips for prevention

Mumps
Mumps is a viral disease characterized by chipmunk cheeks. It is preventable with the MMR vaccination. Find out more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Mumps

Norovirus (Norwalk Virus) Infection
Commonly associated with cruise ships, Norovirus, also known as Norwalk or Norwalk-like virus, is a major cause of diarrheal disease, commonly referred to as the stomach flu. Find out more about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of norovirus.

Ringworm Fungal Infections of the Skin
Find out more about ringworm fungal infections of the skin. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Rotavirus Diarrheal Disease
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in small children both in the United States and worldwide. Read more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of rotavirus.

Rubella Congenital Disease Profile
Rubella, or German measles, causes a congenital disease that can result in spontaneous abortion, prematurity, and severe birth defects. Find out more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of rubella.

Salmonellosis Caused by Salmonella
Salmonella is a major cause of food-borne outbreaks in the United States. Find out what it is, how it causes disease and how to prevent and treat it.

Shigella and Shigellosis Foodborne Disease
Shigella is an infectious food-borne bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea, known as dysentery or Shigellosis. Find out symptoms of Shigella infections and how to treat and prevent disease.

Staphylococcus aureus Food Poisoning
Explosive vomiting and tummy troubles after the school picnic? Sounds like Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning. Find out what foods are commonly contaminated with Staph and whether or not you should be worried.

Strep Throat
Strep throat is a common kids' infection that is more prevalent in the winter and spring months. Find out about its symptoms, treatment options, prevention methods, and complications associated with the diseases.

Swine Flu Infections in Humans
Swine Influenza has been in recent news. Find out more about what it is, its symptoms, methods of treatment, and how to prevent swine flu.

Thrush
Profile of Thrush caused by Candida fungi. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

Toxoplasmosis Congenital Disease
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, can cause a nasty congenital infection in fetuses. The infection is transmitted from cat or kitten feces to pregnant women to their unborn babies. Find out about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Toxoplasmosis.

Tuberculosis
Tuberculosis, or TB, also known as consumption, is a worldwide epidemic that is on the rise in the U.S. Find out about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.

Typhoid Fever Caused by Salmonella Typhi
Find out symptoms and treatment of Typhoid Fever. Learn how Salmonella Typhi causes Typhoid Fever and how to avoid getting it.

Whooping Cough or Pertussis
Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Whooping Cough in small children, also known as Pertussis, caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis.

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