Infectious Diseases That May Be Acquired in Healthcare Facilities


The following are infectious diseases that may be transmitted and/or acquired in healthcare settings and therefore are possible Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs).


Infectious Diseases that may be acquired in Healthcare facilities

  • Acinetobacter
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Burkholderia cepacia
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Clostridium Difficile
  • Clostridium Sordellii
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)
  • Ebola (Viral Hemorrhagic Fever)]
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Infections
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Influenza
  • MRSA - Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Mumps
  • Norovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Poliovirus
  • Pneumonia
  • Rubella
  • SARS
  • S. pneumoniae (Drug resistant)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (Ebola)
  • VISA - Vancomycin Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus
  • VRE - Vancomycin-resistant enterococci


[Editor's Note: According to the Infection Control Education Institute in the Jan. 30, 2007 course, "Update on Resistant Pathogens & Emerging Infectious Diseases":

"Monitoring for adherence to recommended environmental cleaning practices is an important determinant for success in controlling transmission of MDROs and other pathogens in the environment."]


Infectious Diseases That May Be Acquired in Healthcare Facilities:  Created on October 17th, 2007.  Last Modified on October 17th, 2007


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