The Division of Infectious Diseases provides inpatient and outpatient consultation regarding the diagnosis and management of all types of infectious diseases. Our experts provide compassionate care, excellence in teaching and investigations in clinical and laboratory research.
The service is supported by outstanding clinical diagnostics laboratories, which provide state-of-the-art techniques for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases. Our antimicrobial stewardship program is one of the most recognized in the state.
Infectious diseases we treat
Our specialists are skilled at treating many infectious condition, including:
- Autoimmune encephalopathies such as PANS and PANDAS
- Bacterial infections of the brain, bones, joints, lungs, lymph nodes, skin or any other site
- Chicken pox
- Conditions such as fever of unknown origin, recurrent infections or rashes of unknown type or origin
- Evaluation of children suspected of having an immunodeficiency
- Evaluation of children who are internationally adopted
- HIV infection
- Kawasaki disease
- Opportunistic infections in patients who are immunosuppressed due to acquired or congenital immunodeficiency, transplant or other medical condition
- Periodic Fever Syndromes
- Pre- and post-travel consultation
- Tick transmitted or other vector borne diseases
- Unusual infections such as those caused by fungus, mycobacteria or drug-resistant pathogens
- West Nile virus
- Zika virus
When planning a trip abroad, it can be difficult to keep track of the international health and vaccination requirements. By meeting with an infectious disease specialist about which vaccinations you require before your trip, you can reduce your risk of being exposed to unfamiliar diseases that are usually preventable.
Travel Connections at MU Health Care's Fairview General Internal Medicine Clinic [link to Location page] is a resource that helps prepare adults and children for international travel. Services offered at Travel Connections can help ensure a safe and illness-free trip. No referral is necessary.
At MU Health Care Travel Connections, we offer:
- Immunizations for adults and children
- Information on environmental conditions including water, food, insect-borne diseases and weather
- Listing of important phone numbers and locations of U.S. Embassies
- Prescriptions for malaria prevention and treatment of traveler's diarrhea
- Proper health paperwork for entry into other countries
- Tips for addressing the unique needs of children
- Tips for managing chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, while traveling
Medical expenses for travel are not covered by health insurance. Payment — whether it’s cash, check or credit card — is due at the time of service.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Although we know that antibiotics can save lives, health care professionals also know that the incorrect or overprescribing of antibiotics can cause problems. At MU Health Care, we believe that by prescribing antibiotics correctly, documenting dosages and being aware of antibiotic resistance patterns, we can keep our patients safe and healthy — and fight antibiotic resistance in our community.
The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program was implemented in order to address these growing concerns in the medical community. You can count on MU Health Care physicians and nurses to ensure the right antibiotic is prescribed, educate staff about antibiotic resistance and work within the medical community to prevent infections while reducing the possibility of antibiotic resistance.