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Our infectious disease providers care for patients at St. Bernards Medical Center and at the St. Bernards Infectious Disease Clinic which is an outpatient department of St. Bernards Medical Center located at 300 Carson Street, Suite A, in Jonesboro, AR.

An infection is the invasion of an organism's body tissues by disease-causing agents, their multiplication and the reaction of host tissues to the infection and toxins they produce. An infectious disease is also known as a transmissible disease or communicable disease, which is an illness resulting from an infection. 

Infectious are caused by:

Viruses
Not all viral diseases are contagious. This means they aren't always spread from person to person, but many of them are.

Common examples include:

  • flu
  • common cold
  • measles and/or rubella
  • chickenpox
  • norovirus (stomach bug)
  • herpes simplex virus (HSV)
  • human papillomavirs (HPV)
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • viral hepatitis
  • viral meningitis
  • rabies
  • ebola

 

Bacterial Infections
Bacteria is found in all sorts of environments, including soil, water and in or on our bodies. Good bacteria lives inside our bodies and these often don't cause disease. However, sometimes bacteria can enter our bodies and cause an infection. 

Common examples include:

  • strep throat
  • urinary tract infections (UTI)
  • food poisoning, often caused by E. coli, Salmonella or Shigella
  • tuberculosis
  • STDs
  • lyme disease
  • pneumococcal pneumonia
  • whopping cough

 

Fungal Infections
Fungi are a diverse group of organisms that can include things list yeasts and molds. They can be found throughout the environment, including soil, indoors in moist areas and on or in our bodies. 

Not all fungi can make you ill, but some common examples of fungal infections include: 

  • vaginal yeast infections
  • ringworm
  • athlete's foot
  • thrush
  • fungal meningitis

 

Parasitic Infections
Parasites live on or in a host organism and get food or other nutrients at the host's expense.

Common examples include:

  • malaria
  • tapeworm infection
  • roundworm infection
  • toxoplasmosis
  • scabies
  • head lice