Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.
Dr Niki Paphitou is a board certified specialist in both critical care and infectious diseases. She provides comprehensive services for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in both inpatients and outpatients. This includes diagnosis and treatment of common infectious diseases such as urinary tract infections and skin infections in patients that do not need to be hospitalized. But also complex conditions in critically ill patients such as sepsis, bacteraemia, , pneumonia, meningitis and infections due to antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Diseases managed include:
• Viral illnesses
• Bacterial illnesses
• Fevers of unknown origin
• Antibiotic-resistant infections such as MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
• Hospital-acquired infections including device-related infections
• Infections in immunocompromised persons with immunosuppression from cancer chemotherapy, steroids or organ transplant
• Traumatic injury infections