Infectious Diseases

Also known as Infection Control

Focusing on the treatment of infectious diseases

Infectious Disease Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham

At BID Needham, we’re ready to consult and care for people with infectious diseases. Whether you have a rash, prolonged fever or deep-seated organ infection, you have access to a range of treatments and services. Our experts can determine the right care for you.

What Are Infectious Diseases?

Infectious diseases are illnesses caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. These diseases are often passed from person to person. They also spread through bug or animal bites, and contaminated food or water. International travel can put you at higher risk for infectious diseases that aren’t common where you live.

Examples of each type of infection include:

  • Bacterial: Strep throat and urinary tract infections (UTIs).
  • Viral: Colds, flus, and COVID-19.
  • Fungal: Athlete’s foot and yeast infections.
  • Parasitic: Hookworms, ringworms and tick-borne infections.


Treatment varies depending on the type of infection. We may monitor the illness or prescribe the appropriate medication. Through BID Needham, you also have access to specialized care, including IV antibiotics and wound care.


Vaccines reduce your risk of getting an infectious disease. A vaccine imitates the infection, engaging your body’s defenses and training your immune system to fight that infection. While some people still get sick, their symptoms are usually less severe than those who aren’t vaccinated.

Common vaccinations include:

  • Chickenpox
  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Malaria
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Mumps
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Rabies
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Shingles
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping cough


Before traveling, make sure you’re up to date on all vaccines. If going abroad, get the required vaccinations for the countries you’re visiting.

Services & Specialties

Infectious diseases vary in symptoms and severity. Treatment may require the expertise of many specialties, including:

Meet Our Team

Treating infectious diseases is a team effort. Some of the experts who care for you include:

Matthew Lee MD
Matthew S. Lee, MD Specialty Internal Medicine
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Mariel V. Del Rio-Cadorette, MD Specialty Internal Medicine

COVID-19 Information

For the latest information on COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines, please visit our Coronavirus Resource Center.