What To Know About Infectious Diseases

As new and old infectious diseases emerge around the world, Dr. Olusegun Ogunlesi and our team at Axelix Health Consulting are dedicated to educating, diagnosing, and treating viruses and other transmissible diseases. We're ready to serve as your primary infectious disease doctor in Geneva, OH, Ashtabula, OH, and Mentor, OH.

Why You Should Know About Infectious Diseases

Bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes all have the ability to cause disease and illness in humans. According to the National Academy of Sciences, about a quarter of the deaths across the globe occur because of infectious diseases.

Unfortunately, many of these pathogens that cause illness are invisible. Additionally, these organisms are spread in several ways. Direct person-to-person contact, infected-particle aerosolization, animal contact, or foodborne illnesses are all ways pathogens spread and cause disease. And, the signs and symptoms signaling an infectious disease vary depending on the pathogen and the host.

Transmissible diseases are common across the world.  For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates one in five people in the United States contract the Influenza A or B virus every year. Other common infectious diseases include E.coli, herpes simplex 1 and 2, syphilis, salmonella, coronaviruses, and hepatitis.

Who Is At Risk of Getting Infected?

Every living human being is at risk of contracting an infectious disease and needing an infectious disease doctor in Geneva, OH, Ashtabula, OH, and Mentor, OH at some point in their life. However, the severity of the disease and the risk of a bad outcome depends on many factors including:

  • A weakened immune system
  • Traveling to or frequenting at-risk locations
  • Working in a healthcare setting
  • Pre-existing conditions like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or another virus such as HIV

Symptoms Associated With Infection

Symptoms from an infectious disease often depend on the pathogen and the host (who or what got infected). Many times symptoms are the same between pathogens. For example, a person infected by the flu may have the same symptoms as a person infected by a coronavirus, such as:

  • Chills
  • Congestion
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Muscle Aches/Headaches
  • Fatigue

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms or if you have ongoing symptoms that are getting worse each day, contact an infectious disease doctor in Geneva, OH, Ashtabula, OH, and Mentor, OH like Dr. Ogunlesi at Axelix Health Consulting by calling (440) 867-4800.