Another important aspect is preventing the spread of viruses in hospitals, such as noroviruses and influenza viruses. In general, our expertise is particularly in demand for more severe courses and in special situations (viral infections in pregnant women, tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)), in immunosuppressed patients (e.g. transplant patients, HIV-infected patients, patients undergoing chemotherapy). In addition, we repeatedly help with the diagnosis of viral diseases in returning travelers. A special research project as part of the Clinical Research Priority Program “KFSP-viral infectious diseases” supported by the University of Zurich aims to improve viral diagnostics, particularly in immunocompromised patients, and to develop new treatment strategies during early HIV infection. Newly emerging dangerous viral diseases such as SARS, MERS coronavirus or EBOLA, which could spread like a pandemic, pose a particular challenge. Infectiology plays a key role in developing appropriate prevention concepts for the University Hospital and other hospitals.
For medical clarifications, we recommend a consultation with your family doctor with a possible referral to us for more in-depth clarifications. These costs are usually covered by health insurance.
For telephone advice without a consultation, you can call our toll-free number (CHF 3.00/min. from the start of the consultation). These costs are not covered by health insurance, as this is purely a telephone consultation service and not a medical consultation.