Despite the development of good antibiotics and vaccines, new forms of infectious diseases such as AIDS, SARS, avian flu and super bugs that do not respond to antibiotics continue to threaten the health and life of humans. Once thought to have been completely eradicated in Korea, malaria and dysentery are making a comeback while the increase in overseas travel has brought in endemic diseases from tropical regions such as severe malaria and dengue fever. In some cases, patients and the doctors suffer from hospital-acquired microbial infections brought into the hospital from outside.

Infectious diseases are caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoan or parasites and the most important symptom is a fever. At the clinic for infectious diseases, treatment and care are provided for all kinds of infectious diseases, ranging from a simple cold to the modern plague called AIDS. In addition, the center is exerting great efforts to protect patients and other hospital staff by reducing hospital-acquired infections and preventing antibiotic resistance resulting from overuse.

The following is a summary of treatments available at the center.

Main Treatment Target

1. Infectious disease treatment
1) Fever, chills, fever of unknown origin
2) Viral infections: Colds, flu, chickenpox, herpes simplex, herpes zoster, HIV
3) Bacterial infections: Acute tonsillitis, cystitis, pyelonephritis, meningitis, typhoid fever, Dysentery, cellulitis, tuberculosis, sepsis
4) Other infections: Tsutsugamushi disease, epidemic hemorrhagic fever, malaria, Leptospirosis, lymphadenopathy (lymphadenitis), sexually transmitted diseases, swine flu

2. Overseas travel counseling and vaccination 1) Disease associated with travel (traveler's diarrhea) prevention, education and a first-aid kit prescription
2) Information and education on the endemic diseases of the destination country (malaria, dengue, yellow fever, etc.) and malaria prevention prescription drugs
3) Vaccination: Hepatitis B vaccine, influenza (flu) vaccine, tetanus vaccine

3. Measures for preventing hospital-acquired infections 1) Administration of immunoglobulin or other preventive medications when exposed to hepatitis or AIDS patients
2) Proper measures for patients with infectious diseases as well as preventive measures and consultation for those exposed to these patients


Seong-yeon Park : Infectious diseases (bacterial, viral, ungal), fever, hospital-acquired infection, immunization, AIDS, overseas travel counseling