Infections: What You Need to Know

Infections are a common occurrence among humans, but they can sometimes be difficult to detect and diagnose. Many infections can be harmlessly fought off by the body’s immune system, while others can cause serious illness and even death.

Here is some important information to know when it comes to infections:

  • Infections are caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites.
  • Infections can be spread through contact with an infected person or animal, getting bitten or stung by an infected insect, or by consuming contaminated food or water.
  • Most infections respond well to antibiotics, although some are resistant to them.
  • Symptoms of infections vary, but may include fever, chills, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash.
  • Depending on the type of infection, visitors to certain areas may need vaccinations to protect them from getting infected.

If you or someone you know thinks they may have an infection, it's important to consult your healthcare provider immediately. Early detection and treatment can prevent further complications.