Clinical Trials Related to Infectious Diseases
Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Signs and symptoms vary depending on the organism causing the infection, but often include fever and fatigue. Many infectious diseases such as measles and chickenpox can be prevented by vaccines.
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Chlamydia infection, often simply known as chlamydia, is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Most people who are infected have no symptoms. When symptoms do develop this can take a few weeks following infection to occur. Symptoms in women may include vaginal discharge or burning with urination. Symptoms in men may include discharge from the penis, burning with urination, or pain and swelling of one or both testicles.
COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus that can infect people of all ages. CMV spreads from person to person through body fluids, such as blood, saliva, urine, semen and breast milk. There is no cure, but there are medications that can help treat the symptoms.
Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria normally live in the intestines of healthy people and animals. Some types can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Healthy adults usually recover from infection with E. coli typically within a week, but young children and older adults have a greater risk of developing a life-threatening form of kidney failure.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years. You can get gonorrhea by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has gonorrhea.
Any illness caused by N. meningitidis can be described as meningococcal disease. Meningococcus also can infect the lungs, heart tissue, or genitourinary organs.
RSV is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults. In fact, RSV is the most common cause of bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small airways in the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lungs) in children younger than 1 year of age in the United States. It is also a significant cause of respiratory illness in older adults.
Staphylococcus aureus or “staph” is a type of bacteria found on human skin, in the nose, armpit, groin, and other areas. While these germs don’t always cause harm, they can make you sick under the right circumstances. Staph aureus is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections, such as abscesses, boils, furuncles, and cellulitis (red, swollen, painful, warm skin). Staph aureus germs can also cause more serious infections, such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections, endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers and heart valves), and bone and joint infections. Staph aureus is spread by touching infected blood or body fluids, most often by contaminated hands.