Avoiding Infectious Diseases

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
Avoiding infectious diseases

There are all sorts of ways to get an infectious disease. They can pass from person to person. Insect or animal bites can transmit disease. Infectious diseases are also acquired by eating contaminated food or drinking dirty water, or being exposed to harmful organisms in the environment. These diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites and other micro-organisms.

Yale Medicine has a multidisciplinary team dedicated to testing, diagnosing and treating infectious diseases, ensuring that patients get the best possible care.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.