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Infectious Diseases

  • MRSA Infections on the Rise

    Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are causing a growing number of infections, both in hospitals and in schools and other community settings.

  • Varicella (Chickenpox)

    Chickenpox is a very common childhood disease. It is usually mild, but can be serious, especially in young infants and adults.

  • Hepatitis in Children

    Six main types of the hepatitis virus that have been identified: A, B, C, D, E, and G. Vaccination can protect children from several forms of hepatitis.

  • Infectious Mononucleosis in Adolescents

    Infectious mononucleosis is caused by either the Epstein-Barr virus or the cytomegalovirus, both of which are members of the herpes simplex virus family.

  • Meningitis in Children

    Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. Bacteria or viruses are the more common causes.

  • Mumps

    Mumps is a highly contagious viral illness that usually occurs in childhood. It is no longer common in the United States because children are now vaccinated against it.

  • Tetanus in Children

    Tetanus is an acute, sometimes fatal, disease of the central nervous system, caused by the toxin of the tetanus bacterium, which usually enters the body through an open wound.

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

    Whooping cough, or pertussis, mainly affects infants and young children. It is characterized by intense coughing spells that end with a characteristic whoop as air is inhaled.

  • Roseola

    Detailed information on roseola, including cause, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Rubeola (Measles)

    Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment

  • Scarlet Fever

    Detailed information on scarlet fever, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Tuberculosis (TB) in Children

    Detailed information on tuberculosis, including risks, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment