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Infectious Diseases: Most Popular Articles

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How Kissing Can Spread Infectious Diseases
Mononucleosis, or nono, is known as the “kissing disease,” but did you know that there are several infectious diseases that can be spread through kissing and saliva?
The 10 Best Ways to Prevent Infectious Diseases
What's the best way to prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick from infectious microbes? Look beyond the obvious and learn some important tips for staying healthy.
Ringworm Fungal Infections of the Skin
Find out more about ringworm fungal infections of the skin. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
What’s the Difference Between Tuberculosi...
Latent tuberculosis or TB is an infection that is not symptomatic or contagious. What causes latent tuberculosis? How do you know if you have it? What precautions should you take if you have it?
Is It Safe to Eat Raw Fish?
What are the infectious disease risks associated with eating sushi? Read about parasites and other microbial infections associated with raw or undercooked fish.
Can Clostridium Difficile Cause Colitis?
Clostridium difficile bacterial disease is on the rise, causing more and more cases of hospital-borne infection. Find out the symptoms of Clostridium difficile colitis and how to treat and prevent infection. Read more about Toxins A and B of Clostridium difficile and how they contribute to the disease.
Is Tuberculosis Still a Worldwide Epidemic?
Tuberculosis, or TB, also known as consumption, is a worldwide epidemic that is on the rise in the U.S. Find out about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.
Do You Get Sick Often? Why You May Be...
Glossary definition of immunocompromised
Everything You Need to Know About Strep Throat
Strep throat is a common kids' infection that is more prevalent in the winter and spring months. Find out about its symptoms, treatment options, prevention methods, and complications associated with the diseases.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease is a common childhood infection associated with outbreaks in child care settings. It is usually caused by Coxsackie virus or Enterovirus 71. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the disease
Mumps
Mumps is a viral disease characterized by “chipmunk cheeks”. It is preventable with the MMR vaccination. Find out more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Mumps
How Do You Know You Have Tuberculosis?
Active Tuberculosis or TB is a deadly disease that is on the rise in the U.S. Find out what causes active TB, what its symptoms are, and what treatment options are available
Everything You Need to Know About a Sore Throat
Sore throats are usually caused by infectious microbes. Find out how sore throats occur and which microbes are commonly implicated in infections that cause sore throats
6 Ways to Tell if You Have Strep Throat
What is strep throat? What are its symptoms? How is it diagnosed and treated? Why do I need to take all of the antibiotics if I'm already feeling better? Find out answers to these questions and more.
Why Is Mono Nicknamed the Kissing Disease?
Mono or Mononucleosis is sometimes called the Kissing Disease because it is common among young adults and teenagers and spread through saliva. Find out more about symptoms of Mono and how to treat the disease.
Evolution of Personal Hygiene
Did you know that people did not always wash their hands before eating or after going to the bathroom? How was the importance of clean water discovered? What kind of impact did invention of the flush toilet make on society? Find out how personal hygiene evolved from the mid-19th century to the daily practices we use today.
Profile of Typhoid Fever Caused by Salmonella...
Find out symptoms and treatment of Typhoid Fever. Learn how Salmonella Typhi causes Typhoid Fever and how to avoid getting it.
Cold Sores Caused by Herpes Virus
Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1). Find out about symptoms, prevention, and treatment of cold sores and oral herpes infections
Is It Strep Throat or Just a Cold?
How do you know if you have strep throat or just a sore throat from a cold? Find out how to distinguish if it is strep throat and find out what your doctor will look for.
How to Choose the Right Antibiotics for...
With so many different kinds of antibiotics available, how does your health care provider know which to prescribe? Find out what your doctor needs to know before choosing the right antibiotic.
Are Pickles and Smoked Salmon Really Good for...
Preserving food with salt is an ancient human practice that dates back before written records. Beef jerky, pickles, and smoked salmon are all examples of common foods that are preserved using salt. But are salty foods really safer to eat?
Can You Get Sick From Cow's Milk?
It's a staple in most households, but do you know the infectious disease risks associated with milk and other dairy products? Why is pasteurization important? How do you prevent milk-borne diseases?
Jock Itch Profile
Jock Itch, or ringworm of the groin, is a fungal infection that affects the groin and inner thighs. Find out more about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Definition of Microbiology
Glossary definition of microbiology
The MMR Vaccine: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
The MMR vaccine is a combination vaccine made up of three live, attenuated viruses, Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Find out more about the MMR vaccine and who should or should not receive it. Learn about its safety and effectiveness against these three childhood viruses.
Epidemiology 101: Outbreak Investigation
What exactly is an outbreak, and why is it important to investigate it? What do epidemiologists do when investigating an outbreak?
Definition of Pathogen
Glossary definition of pathogen. Infectious Diseases.
What Can Cytomegalovirus Mean for Your Unborn...
Cytomegalovirus, or CMV, is the largest of all viruses and infects most people some time in their life. Most infections are harmless, but transmission of the virus from pregnant women to their fetuses can cause permanent disabilities.
Can You Get Cholera From Drinking Water?
Find out about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of cholera, caused by the bacteria, Vibrio cholera. Learn about the epidemiology of this common epidemic and tips for travelers on preventing infection.
Definition of Protozoa
Glossary definition of protozoa. Infectious Diseases.
What Every Parent Should Know About Pertussis
Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Whooping Cough, also known as Pertussis, caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis.
Diarrhea Got You Down In the Dumps? How to...
Diarrheal diseases are a significant cause of sickness and death throughout the world. Read more about the different kinds of diarrhea and the kinds of microbes that cause these infections. Get tips on treatment and prevention of diarrhea.
Disproving the Myths of Milk Pasteurization
Pasteurization of milk is an important process that limits the spread of milk-borne infectious diseases. Learn more about the different processes used for pasteurization. Find out the truth about pasteurized vs. raw milk.
Cruises Got You Cruising to the Bathroom?
Commonly associated with cruise ships, Norovirus, also known as Norwalk or Norwalk-like virus, is a major cause of diarrheal disease, commonly referred to as the stomach flu. Find out more about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of norovirus.
What Is Listeriosis?
What is Listeria, and how do I avoid getting it? Who should avoid eating soft cheeses and deli meats? Is my fetus at risk?
The Aches and Pains of Chikungunya
Chikungunya has spread in the Caribbean, Central and South America and has now been found in Florida and Texas. The disease can cause joints to be painful for months.
Can Infections During Pregnancy Pose a Risk to...
Serious birth defects and even fetal death can occur following some infections in pregnant women. Find out which infectious diseases can lead to long-term defects and whether or not you should be tested for them.
How Stress Increases Your Risk of Disease
Can stress really increase your likelihood of getting sick? How does stress impact your immune system? Which infections are you more prone to getting when stressed? What can you do about it?
E. coli O157:H7
What is E. coli? Are all strains of E. coli dangerous? What are its symptoms? Where do you get it? How do you prevent disease?
Seasonality of Winter Viruses
If seasonal illnesses are caused by viruses and other microbes, how does one explain the phenomena of the cold being associated with getting sick more frequently? It turns out there may be some truth to this old wives' tale after all.
Bloody Diarrhea, or Hemorrhagic Colitis, Caused...
E. coli O157:H7 is a common cause of foodborne outbreaks. It has been associated with hamburger, apple juice, and unpasteurized dairy products. It causes a disease called hemorrhagic colitis, characterized by bloody diarrhea. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of E. coli O157:H7 infections.
What Is Salmonella and How Can You Avoid It?
Salmonella seems to be making its way into the news more and more each year, but is it something we should be worried about? Find out which kinds of diseases are caused by Salmonella and how to avoid getting it.
Invasive Candidiasis - Systemic Candida Fungal...
Profile of Invasive Candidiasis that causes a systemic fungal infection. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bird Flu Infections in Humans
Bird Flu or Avian Influenza has been in recent news. Find out more about what it is, its symptoms, methods of treatment, and how to prevent bird flu.
Healthcare-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant...
Hospital-acquired or healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or HA-MRSA, comprises a large proportion of MRSA infections in the US. Find out more about symptoms of MRSA associated with hospital settings, treatment options, and tips for prevention
Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staph...
CA-MRSA, or community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has been a growing concern among athletes, students, and military recruits. Find out some important facts about the MRSA superbug and how you can avoid CA-MRSA infections.
Can You Get an Infection from a Hospital or...
Glossary definition of nosocomial infection
How to Recover from Diarrhoea with 3 Simple...
Dehydration is a main cause of concern when it comes to diarrheal disease in small children. Here's a easy and cheap recipe for oral rehydration therapy.
Anisakiasis
Scared of sushi? The Anisakis worm is a parasite that can cause nasty infections in humans who enjoy eating raw fish.
Measles
Measles, also known as Rubeola, is a leading cause of death of young children worldwide, despite the availability of an inexpensive and effective MMR vaccine. Find out about symptoms, diagnosis, and prevention of measles.
Ear Infections – Otitis Media
Ear infections, or otitis media, are a common childhood infection, afflicting most infants and small children. Find out what are ear infections, and their symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention.
Strep Throat Diagnosis
Strep throat is diagnosed by clinical symptoms, throat cultures, and rapid antigen detection tests. Find out how each of these diagnostic measures are conducted.
Antibiotics
What are antibiotics? Where do they come from? How do they work?
Toxoplasmosis Congenital Disease
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, can cause a nasty congenital infection in fetuses. The infection is transmitted from cat or kitten feces to pregnant women to their unborn babies. Find out about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Toxoplasmosis.
Food Poisoning: Staphylococcus aureus in Food
Explosive vomiting and tummy troubles after the school picnic? Sounds like Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning. Find out what foods are commonly contaminated with Staph and whether or not you should be worried.
Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is spread through tick bites. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Rotavirus Diarrheal Disease
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in small children both in the United States and worldwide. Read more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of rotavirus.
Definition of Gram Stain
Glossary definition of gram stain
Common Kids’ Infections (0 to 12 years)
Get quick summaries of common infectious diseases in kids (ages 0 to 12 years) and how to diagnose, treat, and prevent them.
What You Need to Know About Enterovirus and...
As parents have learned this common disease can have serious symptoms, especially strain Enterovirus-D68 - EV-D68. Other strains cause the more mild Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
Thrush
Profile of Thrush caused by Candida fungi. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Kitchen and Food Safety
Good hygienic cooking and food preparation practices in your kitchen are essential for limiting the possible spread of foodborne infectious diseases.
Good Bacteria and Bad Bacteria: Learn the...
We carry probably 10 times more bacteria than human cells in our bodies. We are just beginning to understand the effects of these microorganisms and probiotics.
Yeast Infections
Profile of yeast infections caused by candida. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What You Need to Know About Botulism
Botulism, caused by ingestion of Clostridium botulinum or its toxin, can be deadly for its victims. Find out more about symptoms, treatment, and prevention of this disease.
Diagnosis of an Infection: Microbial Cultures
Infectious diseases often require diagnosis using a culture of a sample from the infected site. What is a culture, and how is it used to diagnose an infection?
Shigella and Shigellosis Foodborne Disease
Shigella is an infectious food-borne bacteria that can cause severe diarrhea, known as dysentery or Shigellosis. Find out symptoms of Shigella infections and how to treat and prevent disease.
Your doctor said you need another Pneumonia...
The CDC is now recommending those over 65 have a second vaccine to prevent streptococcal pneumonia.
Definition of Superbug
Glossary definition of Superbug. Infectious Diseases.
Definition of Fungi
Glossary definition of fungi. Infectious Diseases.
Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot, also known as ringworm of the foot, is a fungal infection that causes itchy, scaly skin between the toes. Learn about its symptoms, treatment, diagnosis, and tips for preventing athlete's foot.
Superbugs on the Rise
Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to multiple kinds of antibiotics, making treatment a challenge. Find out which strains of bacteria are becoming superbugs and are becoming public health issues.
Getting Rid of Superbugs
The emergence of superbugs is a huge public health issue, but can potentially be solved with proper use of antibiotics. Find out how we can help fix the super bug problem
Rubella Congenital Disease Profile
Rubella, or German measles, causes a congenital disease that can result in spontaneous abortion, prematurity, and severe birth defects. Find out more about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of rubella.
Can a cat scratch be dangerous?
Cats can be cute - but they bring home more than mice. Scratches and bites can cause infections, from cat-scratch disease to MRSA bacteria to rabies.
The Truth About Daycares
Find out the truth about daycare-associated infections and what causes them. Did you know there are even some health-related benefits for children who attend daycare centers and preschools? Keep reading to find out more!
Definition of Bacteria
Glossary definition of bacteria. Infectious Diseases.
Wow does that itch. What could it be?
Scabies itches. Find out more about the disease, what it looks like in pictures, and how to treat it.
The 5 Biggest Myths About Antibiotics
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Definition of Lymphatic System
Glossary definition of Lymphatic System
What to know about Neti Pots - and even...
What to know about making sure your water is clean for splashing and neti pots, even diving and slip and slides.
The Threat of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococ...
Infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, also known as the MRSA superbug, have been increasing over the past decade. Find out what the MRSA superbug is and why it's a problem. Learn about symptoms of different kinds of MRSA, treatment options, and tips for prevention.
Can you treat Ebola?
Next steps to understanding Ebola. There's only untested treatments for Ebola. The new names in treatment are: ZMapp, Tekmira, Brincidofovir, Favipiravir, and Biocryst.
What is Salmonellosis?
Salmonella is a major cause of food-borne outbreaks in the United States. Find out what it is, how it causes disease and how to prevent and treat it.
Definition of Zoonotic Disease
Glossary Definition of zoonotic disease
Campylobacter and Campylobacteriosis Foodborne...
Campylobacter jejuni causes a food-borne diarrheal disease after eating contaminated milk or poultry. Find out symptoms of Campylobacter infections and how to limit the risk for disease.
Definition of Opportunistic Infection
Glossary definition of opportunistic infection
Disease-Free Daycares
Daycare centers don't have to be germ centers. Find out why child care centers and preschools are common sources of infectious diseases. Learn some tips for keeping your child's daycare center free of nasty germs and infections
Swine Flu Infections in Humans
Swine Influenza has been in recent news. Find out more about what it is, its symptoms, methods of treatment, and how to prevent swineflu.
Swine Flu FAQs
FAQs about swine flu from Harvard Medical School
Definition of Virulence
Glossary definition of virulence
Infections from Microbes in Contaminated Foods
Many infectious diseases occur when consuming foods contaminated with viruses, bacteria, and other microbes. Find out how these microbes make you sick and what you can do to prevent disease.
Coccidioidomycosis, disease of dust and drought
Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that can cause pneumonia and in rare cases more serious illness. The disease can be spread by dust and drought, even earthquakes.
What You Should Know About Ebola
Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever, currently spreading in West Africa. It is spread through direct contact with a person (or their body fluids) who is ill with Ebola. Before a patient has symptoms from Ebola, they cannot transmit the infection.
Alright, What Does Ebola Actually Do?
Ebola has captured headlines. What does it actually do to those it infects?
Definition of Congenital Defect
Glossary definition of Congenital Defect
How Infectious Diseases Cause Cancer
Infectious diseases are responsible for up to 30% of all cancers worldwide. Find out how microbes cause cancer.
Definition of Pandemic
Glossary definition of pandemic. Infectious Diseases.
How do healthcare workers protect themselves...
Healthcare workers have to follow strict protocols for using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to avoid accidental exposures.
Chicken-what? The spread of Chikungunya worldwide
Chikungunya is a viral infection causing joint pain and fevers spread by mosquitoes. A bite by a mosquito in Florida or Texas could possibly spread the disease.
Dengue, there's a reason it's called Break-bone...
Dengue Fever has spread into new areas and reached the US. The mosquitoes that could potentially carry dengue are found as north as Chicago and New York.
Rats, Mosquitoes, and Snakes, Oh My!
Hurricane Ike devastated the city of Galveston, Texas on the morning of September 13th, 2008. In its aftermath, returning residents to Galveston are finding themselves amidst swarms of rotting herd animals, mosquitoes, rats, and snakes. To top it off, there is limited drinking water, electricity, and medical care. What are the infectious disease risks associated with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, and what can the residents of Galveston do about it? How can we help?
9 Tips for Preventing Infection in the Hospital
We can prevent infections in the hospital. With a few simple tips to cut back on nosocomial infections like C Diff (Clostridium difficile) and antibiotic resistant infections like MRSA.
So You Have a Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections are common. Millions will have one each year. Here's what you need to know.
How come doctors don't get sick?
Health care professionals take many steps to avoid infections spreading between patients or to themselves in hospitals.
Rotavirus Vaccine Radar
The Rotateq vaccine is a promising new vaccine for rotavirus infection that leads to severe diarrhea in small children. Find out how well it works and how safe it is.
7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Getting sick while traveling is a huge inconvenience, especially since you lack the comforts of home. Get tips on how to stay healthy when traveling
Watch Out for Superbugs!
What are superbugs and where do they come from?
Bird Flu - FAQs
What is Bird Flu? What are its symptoms? Am I at risk for getting it? Are there treatments available for bird flu? Get the facts on bird flu and why it's a problem.
Common Travel-Related Infections
See below for quick summaries of some common travel-related infections and tips on how to diagnose, treat, and avoid them.
What is a PPD TB test?
There's a test for latent Tuberculosis (TB). It's called a PPD or TST test. Each year thousands of school kids are tested. Find out what it means.
Can a kitten be dangerous?
Cats are awfully cute, but sometimes they spread human infections - anything from ringworm to salmonella to toxoplasmosis to latent tuberculosis (TB). Luckily, this is rare.
Is your Food Antibiotic-free?
Meat these days is not just organic, free range, and heritage. It's antibiotic-free, too.
The 8 ways to get rid of MRSA
You can protect yourself from getting MRSA - the drug resistant Staph Aureus.
Hepatitis A, B, C, D....and E?
Hepatitis E is a disease we rarely hear about. It's more common than we think, even in the US. It can cause severe disease in pregnant women in some parts of the world.
Swine Flu FAQs, Part 2
More swine flu FAQs from Harvard Medical School. Page 2.
What a bright red tongue might mean
Scarlet Fever was once a common disease of childhood. The bacteria that causes strep throat causes the disease, but good hygiene and antibiotics have halted it. It's been creeping back, though.
What is Schistosomiasis?
A simple snail is responsible for a disease that affects 200 million people - and may have helped spread HIV and Hepatitis C.
Penny-Pinching Pills and Prevention Tips
Economic woes got you down? Times of financial stress can make you more prone to infections. Find out some quick and easy ways you can save money and stay free of infections.
The 15 germs that might give you food poisoning
It's holiday time. This means there are leftovers and foodborne infections for some. Find out what you need to know about the different causes of food poisoning.
The answer to Ebola is a lot of hard work
Drugs and Vaccines may not reach the thousands affected by Ebola in West Africa. How do we control the epidemic and treat patients without them?
Don't let the Bed Bugs bite
Bed Bugs have been crawling into our homes and hotels, leaving little bumps and bites in their wake. What can you do to stop them?
4 Infections Contact Lenses Put You at Risk For
A pair of ghoulish white eyes may seem perfect for a Halloween costume, but contact lenses can lead to a serious eye infection if not used correctly.
Definition of Virus
Glossary definition of virus. Infectious Diseases.
Give a Different Sort of Gift: Help Fight Disease
It's the Season for Giving. We hear about Cyber Monday, Black Friday. How about giving to Charity? You can donate to Charities preventing Infectious Diseases.
5 questions answered about Tetanus
The bacteria that causes Tetanus is found in soil worldwide. A rusty nail is all it takes to create an infection. It's vaccination that has kept it in check.
Here's to a New Year with fewer Infectious...
Infectious Diseases took their toll in 2014. Here's to a New Year with fewer Infections. There are many we can work to eradicate forever.
Wait, the Plague is back, really?
The news says: Plague in Madagascar. The plague actually never went away. It still infects rodents. We've tamed the bacteria - through pest control and antibiotics, but cases crop up whether in Africa or the US.
6 Terrifying Parasites that Humans Can Get
There are ghoulish, creepie-crawlies and then there are real ones. Medicine has its own: Loa Loa eye worms, Cutaneous Larva Migrans under our skin, and Myiasis larvae.
What germs are in store this season?
Every season has its disease. Back-to-school brings home bugs. There are wintertime colds, fall asthma, spring allergies, and summertime mosquitoes.
Another virus out there, MERS
A virus in the Middle East has been worrying some doctors. This time it's from Camels. Yes, Camels.
7 questions to ask yourself before your next...
Nail Salons should be a place to relax and return with your nails looking nice, not bring home fungus under your nails. To avoid bringing home any infections, here are 7 tips.
So you ate something you shouldn't have. What...
You nibbled on the leftovers left on the counter and now you're feeling sick. What to know about foodborne infections and how to prevent getting sick.
Are any other viruses like Ebola out there?
Ebola has grabbed the headlines. There are actually other Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. They just happen to be rare - Lassa, Marburg, Yellow Fever, Hantavirus, even Dengue.
Some diseases spread, some don't. How to know...
Some diseases spread like wildfire; some don't. Find out how epidemiologists know one from the other.
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