Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses or parasites, that can cause disease. Not all infectious diseases have a cure, but most are treatable or preventable.
Different types of infectious disease can spread in different ways:
- Contact with a person who has an infection
- Bites from insects or animals that carry an infectious organism
- Ingestion of contaminated food or water
- Environmental exposure to an infectious organism
The Division of Infectious Disease at Northwell Health provides comprehensive care to patients with acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting) infections of all types. Board-certified specialists consult on patient cases with physicians in medical programs throughout the Northwell Health.
The following are just a few of the many infectious diseases treated at Northwell Health:
- Bacterial meningitis
- Botulinum toxin and botulism
- Infectious mononucleosis
- Influenza/swine flu/human parainfluenza viruses
- Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Parasitic infections
- Parvovirus B19
- Streptoccocal infections