About Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are illnesses that are caused by living organisms getting into the body, usually bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites. They are distinct from other diseases, like cancer or diabetes, that are not caused by living organisms getting into the body.

Most organisms in the human body are harmless, and some (like gut bacteria) serve a useful purpose. Sometimes, though, those organisms can cause adverse effects to the host organism (the person), and that can lead to disease and even death. They can be spread by direct contact (hugging and kissing), indirect contact (door knobs, table surfaces), insect bites (especially mosquitos and ticks), and contaminated food (either unwashed food or uncooked/undercooked foods).

The symptoms of infection with an infectious disease can vary depending on what the infection is, but most of them come with a fever and fatigue. You might also experience diarrhea, muscle aches, and coughing. If you’ve been bitten by an animal, have trouble breathing, have been coughing for more than a week, have been experiencing a long fever or a fever that is paired with a severe headache, have vision problems that come up out of nowhere, or have a rash or swelling of a part of your body, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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About Our Organization

WAidid, the world association for infectious diseases and immunological disorders, started in the summer of 2014. Our goal at the time was to encourage and expand scientific research in our field and do spread information on the causes of infectious diseases and immunological disorders. We hoped to share that information at both the national and international levels.

The organization was born, in part, from observations about poor networking between related organizations in the field. Professional and research groups would form, but shared little information with each other across regional and national boundaries. There was also very little cross-disciplinary information sharing, so information in the immunological and infectious disease context was not being shared with the treating physicians and researchers in other fields who could benefit from that information. We sought to improve those networks by forging personal and professional connections among scientists, researchers, educators, and organizations in the field.

Since our organization was founded, we’ve worked to build its social and philanthropic mission. We promote scientific research, educational initiatives, and professional training for doctors and other medical professionals. We also work to develop guidelines for handling critical issues in infectious diseases and immunology using an evidence-based approach. By tying our guidelines to rigorous scientific standards and research, we increase the trustworthiness of our organization and the reliability of its publications.

Because of how our organization came to be, we firmly believe that we can only reach our objectives if we use a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary method that incorporates information from several different areas of research and treatment. To do that, we work with specialists in different areas of study to draw upon their relevant areas of expertise. Then we combine that expertise to create groundbreaking new work.

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Working Groups

One of the things we focus on as part of our mission to connect researchers across disciplines is the creation of global and regional working groups. These working groups build connections and relationships among scientists and experts who can then work together to create new research projects, breathe new life into old ideas, and work in a cross-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary manner to better improve the efficiency of our work.

Two of our largest working groups are global groups working to study tuberculosis. There are of course other groups studying tuberculosis, but none of them have achieved the soft of multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary networking that is our focus. We have worked to forge bonds between researchers, treating physicians, public health officials, nongovernmental organizations, scientific networks, and other relevant groups. These networks have helped lead to new breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis outbreaks.

Other working groups are available to linke stakeholders interested in basic immunology, virology, respiratory infections, maternal immunization, and pediatric emergency. We plan to create more working groups in the near future. If you are interested in being the chair of a new working group or helping to get a new working group started, please contact us.

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If you’re interested in becoming a member of our organization, joining is very easy. Before you join, you should know that our organization is voluntary and non-political. We have social and philanthropic purposes that are directly tied to our work as researchers and scientists, specifically in the field of infectious diseases and immunological disorders.

Those interested in joining are welcome to submit applications. We welcome members of any nationality who share our goals. Our members must work in the scientific sector in some capacity (see our by-laws for more information) and must have an appropriate educational background.You can apply online, and applying to join is free.

Meetings and Congresses

As part of our mission to increase connections between and among related research disciplines, we regularly host several meetings and congresses for members. Every two years, we host a biennial congress for WAidid members to come together and share their research, meet new potential partners, and learn new information about their fields. These congresses are held in different places each time. Please stay tuned for information about the upcoming third biennial congress.

At our first biennial congress, we had presentations covering varied topics such as vaccines, viruses and bacteria (including emerging viruses like Zika virus and preventing old illnesses like tuberculosis), and off-label drugs, including the use of those drugs in the pediatric context. At our second congress, held in Milan, we covered new information about vaccines, infectious diseases, immunology, pneumology, allergology, nutrition, and new therapeutic approaches. Both of these congresses were resounding successes, and members had the opportunity to forge new professional connections, share information with each other, and gather new information to take back to their prospective research institutions.

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