Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites, that can spread from one person to another or from animals to humans. These diseases are contagious and can be transmitted through various means, including direct contact, airborne particles, contaminated food or water, insect bites, or animal exposure.

Common examples of infectious diseases include the flu, COVID-19, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, and various types of bacterial or viral infections. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include fever, fatigue, cough, diarrhoea, rash, and other signs of illness.

Prevention of infectious diseases involves measures such as vaccinations, good hygiene practices (like handwashing), safe food handling, practicing safe sex, using protective equipment, and controlling exposure to disease-carrying organisms.

Prompt diagnosis and treatment by healthcare professionals, especially infectious disease specialists, are crucial in managing these illnesses, reducing their spread, and preventing severe complications or outbreaks within communities.

Infectious Disease Physician

An infectious disease physician is a medical doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. These diseases are caused by microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.

Infectious disease physicians have extensive training in internal medicine and additional specialized training in infectious diseases. They work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, research institutions, and public health agencies.

Visiting Consultant(s)

Infectious Disease Physician
Dr Leong Chee Loon
MBBS (University of Malaya, Malaysia), MMed (IntMed) (University of Malaya, Malaysia), Infectious Diseases (Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia)