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Infectious Diseases

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

In The News

Steps to prevent norovirus and other GI illnesses

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus.

December 2, 2016

From The Blog

Traveling abroad? Visit an international travel clinic first

The world is becoming smaller each passing year, as more people are traveling internationally than ever before. However, as we expand our reach in the world, we also increase our risk for encountering disease and illness. Even more serious is the infection risk associated with certain diseases that can be spread to others.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy July 11, 2017

Taming ticks

Throughout summer and fall, families can be found hiking and camping along the beautiful rivers, bluffs and woods. A common concern for these outdoor enthusiasts is tick bites.

Joel Dekrey DO By Joel Dekrey June 16, 2017

4 important questions about measles

Measles is a childhood viral infection that can almost always be prevented by a vaccine. The infection is very contagious and replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.

Julie Pace RNCNP By Julie Pace May 16, 2017

Protect your child with proper immunizations

The health of your child is the most important thing in the world. You protect them with shelter, safety and proper nutrition. But if you’ve missed his or her immunizations, you’re exposing your child to a litany of potentially dangerous — even deadly — diseases. The most effective method of prevention is to ensure your child receives the proper vaccination series, which typically is completed by age 6.

Jessica Sheehy PAC By Jessica Sheehy April 5, 2016

Healthy Hands Part II: Soap and sanitizer

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, frequent hand washing is the No. 1 way to prevent the spread of infections. But what kind of soap is appropriate? And what about using hand sanitizers?

December 1, 2015

Healthy Hands Part I: The 5 Ws can help your kids avoid germs and illness

Basic rules to prevent illness during the cold and flu season are as simple as knowing how to wash your hands properly, when to wash your hands, what products to use and why you should pay special attention to skin cleanliness. Teaching kids healthy hygiene habits is essential, because young children are more likely to bring respiratory illnesses home from school or daycare, which can infect your entire family. 

November 3, 2015

Watch closely: More than one tick-borne disease in Upper Midwest

Lyme disease is not the only tick-borne disease that is a major concern in the Upper Midwest. Learn more about different ticks and the types of diseases they can carry.

Kay Case, P.A.-C. By Kay Case August 3, 2015

Mother knows best, but so does your doctor

There is no doubt that antibiotics have changed modern medicine for the better. But where do we draw the line between safe and unsafe use of antibiotics?

July 31, 2015

Traveler's checklist — don't forget your passport and immunizations

Whether you’re traveling to China on a business trip or heading out on a safari in Botswana, preparing for your journey entails more than just packing and renewing your passport. Every year, millions of people travel to other countries, and with travel comes the possibility of exposure to different diseases and conditions.


Ala Dababneh MD By Ala Dababneh April 2, 2015

Preventing three common skin infections in athletes

For many students, participation in athletics is an important part of their formative years. Kids acquire knowledge about teamwork, sportsmanship and much more. However, there are some things we don’t want kids to acquire — such as skin infections.

Learn more about common types of infections and prevention.

Jolene Carlson NP By Jolene Carlson January 8, 2015

What you need to know about pertussis

It’s that time of year. Cold and flu season is here. Symptoms of an ordinary common cold are hard not to miss. But could it be worse? Pertussis can mask itself as a cold but can pose serious health risks – especially to unvaccinated babies.

Elizabeth Cozine MD By Elizabeth Cozine November 21, 2014

Facts about flu

Flu season is quickly approaching, and it is something for which we all should prepare. Find out more in this blog post and episode of "Speaking of Health."

September 19, 2014