UPMC Susquehanna: Infectious Disease Conditions
At UPMC Susquehanna, we treat patients who have both mild or severe infectious diseases regain their health. Our caring doctors and medical staff provide high-quality health care to help you recover and lead your healthiest life possible.
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Types of Infectious Disease Conditions We Treat
Lyme disease is a tick bite-inflicted bacterial infection that affects about 300,000 people a year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease may often be difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms are similar to several other diseases.
HIV & AIDS
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the organism responsible for a viral infection that may progress to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the last stage of the infection. The HIV infection is incurable, but it can be managed as a chronic condition in many people.
West Nile Virus
The West Nile virus is a disease spread by infected mosquitoes that may lead to febrile illness, inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Outbreaks of the disease occur in the summertime, when mosquitoes are most active. While little to no symptoms are common in many West Nile virus cases, people at greatest risk for severe symptoms are those over the age of 60 and those living with certain medical conditions (like cancer, diabetes or hypertension).
While this tropical disease may be well-known for its link to brain birth defects during pregnancy, the mosquito-borne virus affects both men and women. The infection is spread by mosquitoes that pick up the virus by biting an infected person, and then transmitting it to someone else they bite later.
Parasites — organisms that live within or on a host and obtain their food at the expense of the host — can cause diseases in humans and animals. Parasitic infections are most common in tropic and subtropic areas of the world, and affect people in developing, rural countries the most. The three leading classes of parasites that cause disease in humans are: protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites.
Malaria is a serious, and sometimes deadly, parasitic disease that stems from being bitten by a certain type of mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), malaria is the most deadly type of parasitic disease, claiming the most lives globally (about 660,000 annually). While malaria was eradicated in the U.S. during the 1950s, approximately 1,500 cases of the disease are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is a strain of staph infection that’s tough to treat because it has become resistant to common antibiotics, like penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA symptoms can start off as swollen, irritated red bumps that appear to be pimples or spider bites, and then worsen into painful abscesses that require surgical attention.
We also provide treatment for:
- Bone and joint infections
- Central nervous system infections
- Fever of undetermined origin
- Foodborne illness
- Foot infections
- Fungal infections
- Gram-negative bacterial infections
- Nosocomial infections
- Sepsis and septic shock
- Urinary tract infections
- Viral diseases
UPMC Susquehanna offers comprehensive care to treat a wide array of infectious diseases in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.