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Overview of infectious diseases


​​​​​​​​​​​Infectious diseases may be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. These diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Baylor Scott & White Health has physicians on the medical staff certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both infectious diseases and internal medicine. Infectious disease physicians are also trained in outpatient antibiotic infusion and travel medicine.

Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of many infectious diseases and can sometimes make the difference between life and death. Hand-washing is an important means of preventing the spread of infection.

Infectious diseases treated


Some common infectious diseases include:

  • Fever of unknown origin (FUO)
  • Fungal infections
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections
  • ​Mycobacterial infections​​
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Common cold
  • Meningitis
  • Flu
  • ​Lyme disease​
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • West Nile virus
  • Whooping cough​​​
  • Bacteremia/sepsis
  • ​Bone and joint infections
  • Central nervous system infections
  • Infections in immunocompromised patients (transplant, cancer chemotherapy, etc.)
  • Endocarditis and endovascular infections

Infectious disease treatment


Depending on the cause of your infection, Baylor Scott & White offers treatment options that include:

  • Pain relief
  • Vaccination
  • Medication

Specialized centers for infectious disease


Baylor Scott & White offers an HIV Clinic ​in Central Texas. The clinic serves as your contact for many lifestyle transitions such as obtaining medication, managing your medication, counseling and coping with your chronic disease.​

For an appointment, call 254.724.2264.

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