The Division of Infectious Diseases provides inpatient and outpatient consultation for newborns to young adults regarding the diagnosis and management of all types of pediatric 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 conventional as well as molecular techniques for rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases. Our antimicrobial stewardship program is one of the most recognized in the state.

Pediatric infectious disease treatment and services

Our specialists are adept at treating any infectious condition, including:

  • Bacterial infections of the brain, bones, joints, lungs, lymph nodes, skin or any other site
  • 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
  • Measles
  • 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

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Antibiotic resistance is a major issue confronting health care providers and their patients. We know that antibiotics can save saves but may also be prescribed incorrectly. We believe that by prescribing antibiotics correctly, documenting dosages and being aware of antibiotic resistance patterns at MU Health Care, 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, transmission and resistance.