Pediatric infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi. The diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They're normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Modern medicine has developed therapeutics to successfully combat many infectious diseases: antimicrobial agents, including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic medications. In recent years, many pathogens have developed resistance to our best pharmaceutical weapons. CPCE’s infectious disease research, led by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship (IDEAS) Research Group, is focused on establishing evidence-based guidelines for treatment and prevention of common and serious infectious diseases for the pediatric population that 1) ensure the best patient outcomes, as well as 2) prevent or slow the development of antimicrobial resistance.