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Mary Washington Infectious Diseases

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The mission of Mary Washington Infectious Diseases 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 Mary Washington 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.

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