Infectious diseases

Doctors working in infectious diseases (ID) diagnose, investigate and treat infections caused by many micro-organisims such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi.

This page provides useful information on the nature of the work, the common procedures/interventions, sub-specialties and other roles that may interest you.

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Nature of the work

Working in infectious diseases combines both the clinical and laboratory skills of making diagnoses with providing effective treatment for a wide range of infections in both acutely and chronically ill patients.

There are four distinct but very much interdependent infection specialties: Infectious Diseases (ID), Medical Microbiology (MM), Medical Virology (MV) and Tropical Medicine (TM).

Specialists in infectious diseases have noted a big impact on their role of factors such as:

Specialists in infectious diseases typically treat conditions including:

Less commonly they may also treat conditions including:

Common procedures/interventions

These include:


Infectious diseases is a broad and varied specialty providing opportunities for doctors to train in infectious diseases, alone or to combine the training with either general internal medicine or with medical microbiology (or virology). Some ID doctors will also specialise in tropical medicine.

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