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Infectious Disease

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Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious disease in the Washington, DC, area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.

The Importance of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Infectious diseases include any disease or illness caused by germs, such as bacteria and viruses. While you can take steps to prevent disease and infection through proper hygiene and other practices, children are often at an increased risk for certain conditions while their immune systems are still developing and simply because of exposure – kids being kids.

Because diagnosis and care for an infectious disease can be complex, it is important for your child to see a pediatric specialist who can accurately diagnose and treat your child’s condition. Children’s comprehensive services include care for children with infectious diseases and epidemiological tracking that, for contagious conditions, helps limit the spread of infection and prevent further outbreaks:
• Bone and joint infections
• Fever of unknown origins
• Infectious mononucleosis
• Influenza
• Lyme disease
• Meningitis
• MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
• Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
• Staph infections
• Tuberculosis
Division Programs
In addition to the patient-focused care physicians provide, dedicated team members manage the division’s special programs that respond to infectious disease concerns in the hospital and community: For Healthcare Professionals
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
    The Division of Infectious Disease sponsors two joint fellowship training programs with the Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and the National Institutes of Health.
Many of the division’s physicians — dually board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease -— are involved in both teaching and research in infectious disease and epidemiology at Children’s National and at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health in Washington, DC. Several faculty members also participate in government committees to assist in the development of national infectious disease guidelines.

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