Chapter 30. Infectious Diseases

  1. Kate Thomson MBBS, FRACP General Paediatrician2,3,
  2. Dean Tey MBBS Allergy and Immunology Fellow4 and
  3. Michael Marks MBBS, MPH, MD, FRACP Paediatrician Senior Lecturer5,6
  1. Nigel Curtis B.Arts, M.Arts, PhD Philosophy, MBBS, Dip Trop Med and Hygiene Associate Professor Head of Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit Chair of Infectious Diseases5,6,
  2. Mike Starr MBBS, FRACP Paediatrician Infectious Diseases Physician1 and
  3. Joshua Wolf MBBS, BA Advanced Trainee in Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Published Online: 17 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch30

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Curtis, N., Starr, M. and Wolf, J. (2009) Infectious Diseases, in Paediatric Handbook, Eighth Edition (eds K. Thomson, D. Tey and M. Marks), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308051.ch30

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Developmental Medicine, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  2. 3

    Emergency Department, Sunshine Hospital, Victoria, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Allergy and Immunology, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  5. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Australia

  2. 5

    Department of General Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  3. 6

    Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405174008

Online ISBN: 9781444308051

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Keywords:

  • infectious diseases;
  • rational antimicrobial prescribing;
  • self-limiting viral infections - common cause of fever in children;
  • fever with localising signs;
  • Kawasaki disease in children with persistent fever;
  • occult bacteraemia - infants with bacteraemia clearing bacteria spontaneously;
  • pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin;
  • Group A streptococcus - Group A β-haemolytic streptococci (GABHS or Streptococcus pyogenes);
  • viral infections - Cytomegalovirus (CMV), ubiquitous herpes virus;
  • enterovirus (non-polio) Coxsackie A, B and echoviruses - important causes of childhood infections

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Rational antimicrobial prescribing

  • Antibiotic resistance

  • Approach to the febrile child

  • Common bacterial infections

  • Viral infections

  • Infectious diarrhoea

  • Enterobius vermicularis (threadworm, pinworm)

  • Hepatitis

  • Bacterial meningitis

  • Other CNS infections

  • Kawasaki disease

  • Cervical lymphadenitis

  • Cellulitis

  • Toxin-mediated disease

  • HIV infection and AIDS

  • Needle-stick injuries