Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group Infectious Diseases provides in-patient consultations, diagnosis, and treatment for a wide range of infection-related medical and surgical problems. Our Infectious Diseases Physicians are dedicated to helping patients with a variety of infectious diseases and aggressively pursuing knowledge and skills in order to better understand and treat emerging problems in infectious diseases.
Virginia Hospital Center accepts patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases. If you’re hospitalized with an infection or an infection occurs while you’re hospitalized, your medical team may engage the services of one of our Infectious Diseases physicians. Your physician will direct your care and may continue to provide follow-up care after you’re discharged from the hospital. When your infection is cured or stabilized, you’ll typically resume seeing your regular primary care physician.
What is an infectious disease?
An infectious disease is caused by one or more of the following:
Infectious diseases can range from common illnesses, such as the cold, to deadly illnesses, such as AIDS. Depending on the disease-causing organism, an infectious disease can spread in some, or all, of the following ways:
- Sexual transmission. Transmission of an infection through sexual contact, including intercourse.
- Airborne transmission. Transmission of an infection through inhaling airborne droplets of the disease, which may exist in the air as a result of a cough or sneeze from an infected person.
- Blood-borne transmission. Transmission of an infection through contact with infected blood, such as when sharing hypodermic needles.
- Direct skin contact. Transmission of an infection through contact with an infected area on the skin.
- Insect-borne transmission. Transmission of an infection through insects, such as mosquitoes or ticks, which draw blood from an infected host and then bite a healthy person.
- Foodborne transmission. Transmission of an infection through eating contaminated food.
- Water-borne transmission. Transmission of an infection through contact with contaminated water.