Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are also called communicable or transmissible diseases and can be spread from person to person. They are caused by tiny organisms such as viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi and others.

An infectious disease can be transmitted in a number of ways, including by food, water and air as well as physical contact with a contaminated object or another person. Some diseases are more infectious than others because of the type of organism that causes the infection or because of the way in which the infection is transmitted.

Some people are more susceptible to infection because of underlying diseases such as diabetes or kidney disease or cancer or AIDS. When the body’s natural immunity, or protection against disease, is low, infection is better able to occur.

Our clinical services include:

Why Choose Us?

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is a global resource on a multitude of infectious diseases, ranging from HIV/Aids to influenza, tropical diseases to emerging health threats such as West Nile virus and SARS.

  • Public health departments at the county, state and national level rely upon the UI for assistance and education as they combat seasonal and unexpected outbreaks of infectious diseases.
  • Patients and their families across the region benefit from the enormous depth and breadth of clinical expertise here in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
  • Our full-service travel clinic rovides preventive health care for people planning to travel abroad based on the traveler’s personal health history and planned itinerary. Extensive counseling covers general and region-specific measures for staying well.

Academic Departments that Provide Infectious Disease Care

Health Topics

UI Health Care offers you additional information on these select infectious diseases and related topics:

Latest News

  • As medical professionals worldwide explored treatment options for COVID-19, a University of Iowa Health Care infectious disease research team participated in a clinical study on remdesivir—an intravenous antiviral drug that’s shown the potential to shorten recovery time and reduce deaths.
  • University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, the patient care mission of University of Iowa Health Care, is the first in the state of Iowa to participate in an international clinical trial for a Remdesivir, believed to be the most promising drug available to treat COVID-19.