Treatment Centers with Mary Washington Healthcare
MWMG Infectious Diseases’ mission is to provide consultation for
patients in our service area who have been diagnosed with complicated
and complex infections that are often beyond the scope of primary care.
Here at MWMG Infectious Diseases, we also practice HIV medicine. We have
an interest in seeing that the general health of our patients, who may
have associated conditions that impact their infection, is maintained.
Much of our work is done in collaboration with physicians in other specialties.
We manage patients who require outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy
and assist in the treatment of blood and body fluid exposures in the workplace.
Definition of Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases, also known as communicable diseases, kill more people
worldwide than any other singular cause. These diseases are found by germs,
which can be found everywhere and can be spread through general and sexual
contact, animal bites, and more.
Germs can be categorized into four types:
Bacteria: These germs are made up of one cell. They can quickly multiply in number
and may also release sickness-inducing chemicals.
Viruses: These germs are capsules containing genetic material. They multiply by
using your own cells.
Fungi: These germs take the form of mushrooms or mildew
Protozoa: These germs are technically one-celled animals that live in other living
things and use them for food and shelter.
These types of germs can cause an infectious disease. Certain diseases
may be transmitted from an animal to a human or from a human to a human.
However, certain diseases are not contagious.