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About Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. While they’re normally harmless or even helpful, some organisms under certain conditions may cause disease.

Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some, however, are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. Others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or other exposures in the environment.

Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing also helps protect you from infectious diseases.

Each infectious disease has its own specific signs and symptoms. General signs and symptoms common to many infectious diseases include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches 


What Causes Infectious Diseases?

Infectious diseases can be caused by:

  • Bacteria. These one-cell organisms are responsible for illnesses, such as strep throat, urinary tract infections and tuberculosis.
  • Viruses. Even smaller than bacteria, viruses cause a multitude of diseases - ranging from the common cold to AIDS.
  • Fungi. Many skin diseases, such as ringworm and athlete’s foot, are caused by fungi. Other types of fungi can infect your lungs or nervous system.
  • Parasites. Malaria is caused by a tiny parasite that is transmitted by a mosquito bite. Other parasites may be transmitted to humans from animal feces. 


Overview: What Does Our Department Do?

For outpatients with complicated short and long-term infections or HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease Services are located on the fifth floor of St. Agnes Hospital (use the “C” elevators).  It is staffed by Medical College of Wisconsin faculty.

We offer comprehensive diagnostic and state-of-the-art treatment options for patients with conditions including:
  • Chronic bone and joint infections
  • Chronic and recurrent skin and soft tissue infections
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Home IV antibiotic management needs
  • Mycobacterial and fungal infections
  • Post-operative infections
  • Returning traveler infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Tick-borne infections


Our physicians are board-certified internists, fellowship-trained and highly experienced in diagnosing and treating infectious diseases.
 
Infectious disease providers work closely with referring providers to coordinate consultation, treatment and follow-up.

Our  diagnostic tests follow the Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines. 



How Do I Schedule an Appointment?

To be referred to Agnesian HealthCare’s Infectious Disease Services, contact your provider for a referral. 

Agnesian HealthCare Infectious Disease Services: 

Phone: (920) 926-4530

Fax: (920) 926-8953

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