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 Jose Vazquez - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Jose Vazquez  Jose Vazquez

Infectious Diseases | Augusta University


Dr. Jose Vazquez studies and treats infectious diseases, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs and fungal infections.






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Augusta University Explains the Zika Virus CRE




Vazquez chairs the Antimicrobial Stewardship service at Augusta University Medical Center and the Institutional Review Board at Augusta University. Prior to this, he was Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Senior Staff Physician in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Henry Ford Hospital and Medical System both in Detroit, Michigan.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Translational Medicine in Infectious Diseases Drug-Resistant Infections (CREs, KPCs) Infectious Disease Clinical Trials Antimicrobials and Antifungals Infections associated with biofilms

Accomplishments (2)

Healthgrades Honor Roll (professional)


Dr. Jose Vazquez, MD is an infectious disease specialist in Augusta, GA and has been practicing for 27 years. He specializes in infectious disease medicine and internal medicine.

Exemplary Teaching Award (2017) (professional)


Medical College of Georgia

Affiliations (9)

  • The American College of Physicians
  • The American Society for Microbiology
  • HIV Medicine Association
  • Infectious Disease Society of America
  • International AIDS Society
  • International Society for Infectious Diseases
  • International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
  • National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
  • Mycosis Study Group

Media Appearances (6)

Lime disease: A complex medical challenge

Georgia Health News  online


The Infectious Diseases Society of America doesn’t believe in chronic Lyme disease, says Dr. Jose Vazquez, chief of the Medical College of Georgia’s Division of Infectious Diseases. “We recognize Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, and so does the CDC.”

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Taking a Bite out of Zika

Columbia County Magazine  print


“We had no Zika cases here last year, but every year it spreads a little bit farther north,” says Dr. Jose Vazquez, chief of infectious disease at MCG at Augusta University. “The only people that really need to be concerned about Zika are the folks that are having babies,” says Vazquez. “We don’t know how long the virus will last in the system. We don’t know if a child can develop abnormalities down the road. It’s certainly a possibility.”

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Some tick bites can land you in the hospital

WJBF-TV News Channel 6  tv


Ticks transport diseases from animals to humans through biting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People can get as many as nine different types of diseases from ticks. Dr. Jose Vazquez, Chief of Infectious Disease at AUMC, said "Patients need to go on antibiotics right away. If it's not treated or caught right away then patients can then develop heart abnormalities, brain abnormalities, paralysis and dementia," Dr. Vazquez said.

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1 in 10 exposed to raw sewage will be sickened

WRDW-TV News 12  tv


Augusta University Infectious Disease Chief Dr. Jose Vazquez says the sewage back up the City of Augusta is experiencing poses a significant health risk. Gastroenteritis is one of many diseases people can catch with sewage right outside her door. "Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramps, fever, a lot times you start to dehydrate, you feel weak. On occasion you can have bloody diarrhea," said Dr. Vazquez. Hepatitis A also a risk, he says.

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Study asserts Georgia does have Lyme disease

The Augusta Chronicle  


Jose Vazquez, a professor and chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at Georgia Regents University, said STARI can be transmitted from the lone star tick and is easily mistaken for Lyme disease.

“STARI does produce the bullseye and the fever, but it doesn’t become chronic like Lyme disease,” Vazquez said, noting that STARI symptoms typically subside and vanish within a week. “Most Georgians who see a rash form after a tick bite will likely find that it is STARI and not full blown Lyme disease.”...

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Bacteria evolve 'dome' to hide, resist

The Augusta Chronicle  print


Bacteria are increasingly using a “dome” to evade the immune system, develop resistance in the body and thrive in the environment, researchers at Georgia Regents University (now Augusta University) said.

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Articles (3)

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Candidiasis: 2016 Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America Clinical Infectious Diseases


Invasive infection due to Candida species is largely a condition associated with medical progress, and is widely recognized as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the healthcare environment...

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Safety and Efficacy of Posaconazole in the Long-Term Treatment of Azole-Refractory Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Candidiasis in Patients with HIV Infection HIV Clinical Trials


Purpose: To evaluate safety and efficacy of long-term posaconazole in HIV-infected patients with azole-refractory oropharyngeal candidiasis and/or esophageal candidiasis.

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T2 Magnetic Resonance Assay for the Rapid Diagnosis of Candidemia in Whole Blood: A Clinical Trial Clinical Infectious Diseases


Background: Microbiologic cultures, the current gold standard diagnostic method for invasive Candida infections, have low specificity and take up to 2–5 days to grow. We present the results of the first extensive multicenter clinical trial of a new nanodiagnostic approach, T2 magnetic resonance (T2MR), for diagnosis of candidemia.

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