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.