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Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases are caused by organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites). Most organisms are harmless, but under certain conditions, some organisms cause disease. Infectious diseases can pass from person to person, though some are transmitted by insects/ animals or within contaminated food or water.

Symptoms of infection vary, but often include fever and fatigue. Most people can recover from mild infections at home, however, life-threatening infections may require hospitalization.

Many infectious diseases, such as measles and chickenpox, can be prevented by vaccines. Frequent and thorough hand-washing also helps protect you from most infectious diseases.

Each infectious disease has its own specific signs and symptoms; common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Coughing

Seek medical attention if you:

  • Have been bitten by an animal
  • Are having trouble breathing
  • Have been coughing for more than a week
  • Have severe headache with fever
  • Experience a rash or swelling
  • Have unexplained or prolonged fever
  • Have sudden vision problems


Barton Health has the resources and expertise, along with emergency management preparation, to provide appropriate care for COVID-19-afflicted patients. COVID-19 Information & Resources >


Barton Health is monitoring the national outbreak of monkeypox and has the resources and expertise to appropriately and safely care for affected individuals. Monkeypox Information >