Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites — these are organisms that can cause infectious diseases. We can’t see them, but many organisms live in and on our bodies and the environment. Depending on the immune system, these organisms are usually harmless and can even help strengthen the immune system. Under certain conditions, however, these organisms can cause disease.
Infectious diseases can spread from person to person or be transmitted from insect or animal bites. Consuming contaminated water or food can also cause infectious diseases. Symptoms can be mild to severe and typically include chills and fever.
Fighting Infectious Diseases
Infectious disease specialists have extensive knowledge in diagnosing and treating infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones, and pelvic organs. Infections that are caused by bacteria, viruses (including HIV), fungi, and parasites can require specialized care. Our infectious disease specialist at UT Health Northeast has advanced training to provide the care patients need.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Human immunodeficiency virus infection/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
- Skin and soft tissue infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Bacteremia (blood stream infections) and endocarditis
- Fever of unknown origin
- Infections in immunocompromised patients (transplant, chemotherapy)
- Mycobacterial and fungal infections
- Central nervous system infections
Specialties:Infectious Diseases /
As an infectious disease expert, Dr. Richard Yates has cared for patients for almost 30 years. His specialty is treating immunodeficiency syndromes. He attended medical school at UT Southwestern. Dr. Yates completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the Indianapolis University Medical Center, then returned to Texas for his infectious disease fellowship at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
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