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What is Zika?
Zika virus is the new kid on the block in much of the world. It's joining Dengue and Chikungunya, spreading rapidly, apparently reaching Brazil, after causing aches and pains in Africa and the Pacific.
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?
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.
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.
Profile of 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
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
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.
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.
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?
What is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is very common. It can start suddenly with a blotch of red or a patch of hot skin.
Do You Get Sick Often? Why You May Be...
Glossary definition of immunocompromised
Why did the CDC recommend pregnant women...
Why is the CDC recommending postponing travel in much Latin America and parts of the Caribbean? What does Zika mean for pregnant women and what is microcephaly?
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
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.
Ouch! Shingles hurts. What to do about it.
Did you have chickenpox? Then you're at risk for developing shingles. 1 in 3 older adults will. There's a vaccine to prevent herpes zoster (shingles).
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.
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
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.
3 Things to Know about an Influenza We Overlook
The Influenza we tend to forget - Influenza C. It's been less of a problem than Influenza A and B, as well as Bird Flu and Swine Flu, but it's still a problem for kids.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
E. Coli - Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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.
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?
Your doctor said you need another Pneumonia...
The CDC is now recommending those over 65 have a second vaccine to prevent streptococcal pneumonia.
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a disease that affects those most vulnerable, the old and the young.
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.
What to know about 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
What Is MRSA?
Infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (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, treatment, and prevention.
What is an Outbreak? - Epidemiology 101
What exactly is an outbreak, and why is it important to investigate it? What do epidemiologists do when investigating an outbreak?
Thrush
Profile of Thrush caused by Candida fungi. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
How E.Coli Causes Disease
E. coli O157:H7 is a common cause of foodborne outbreaks, causing hemorrhagic colitis, characterized by bloody diarrhea.
Definition of Microbiology
Glossary definition of microbiology
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.
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
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.
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?
What is Lassa?
Lassa has been spreading in Nigeria. What are the risks involved?
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.
Definition of Protozoa
Glossary definition of protozoa. Infectious Diseases.
Legionella is back
A recent outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease has shown how overlooked the important, ever-present, yet potentially deadly Legionella bacteria can be
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.
Definition of Pathogen
Glossary definition of pathogen. Infectious Diseases.
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.
What Is Typhoid Fever?
Find out symptoms and treatment of Typhoid Fever. Learn how Salmonella Typhi causes Typhoid Fever and how to avoid getting it.
How do you catch Herpes?
Herpes is more common than you'd think. What you can do to avoid to avoid catching herpes.
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.
Is Listeria a problem in pregnancy?
What is Listeria, and how do I avoid getting it? Who should avoid eating soft cheeses and deli meats? Is my baby or fetus at risk?
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.
Invasive Candidiasis - Systemic Candida Fungal...
Profile of Invasive Candidiasis that causes a systemic fungal infection. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What is German Measles?
Rubella - also called German Measles - is often confused with Measles - also called Rubeola. The diseases though are different. Rubella can cause problems at birth for children of affected mothers.
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.
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.
What is Chagas?
Chagas, the Kissing Bug Disease. It's a disease that affects millions throughout Latin America - but also increasingly in the US. It's complications can be delayed and severe.
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.
What is Leprosy?
Leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease, has caused disfigurement and stigma throughout history. It's close
What is Osteomyelitis?
Osteomyelitis is an infection of the bone. It can come on slowly or without warning. Learn more about what causes it and how to treat it.
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.
What can happen if a rat bites me?
More and more kids have rats as pets. These clever animals may be putting kids at risk for a rare, but deadly, infection.
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.
Alright, What Does Ebola Actually Do?
Ebola has captured headlines. What does it actually do to those it infects?
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.
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.
What is a Gram Stain?
Glossary definition of gram stain. A gram stain is a common test using a microscope to help identify types of bacteria.
What do we know about Antibiotics?
What are antibiotics? Where do they come from? How do they work?
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.
What is a Z pak?
Z-Pac is a commonly prescribed drug - too commonly, in fact. It is often overprescribed for infections not caused by bacteria that it treats.
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.
How do you treat TB?
Tuberculosis is a disease we know how to treat and cure. There are medications - Isoniazid, Rifampin, Pyrazinamide, Ethambutol - used in combination to treat it.
What is Toxo?
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.
4 Things you should know about a Public Health...
The WHO just declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. What does this mean? There have only been 3 other emergencies like Zika declared.
Measles is more infectious than you thought
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.
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.
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?
A raw fish parasite
Scared of sushi? The Anisakis worm is a parasite that can cause nasty infections in humans who enjoy eating raw fish.
What infections can you catch from a blood...
Blood Transfusions can be scary. Find out more about the infections we prevent in blood transfusions.
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Enterovirus and...
Enteroviruses strains can be responsible for anything from common illnesses like Hand Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) and the common cold to EV-D68 and deadly polio and encephalitis outbreaks.
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.
How come doctors don't get sick?
Health care professionals take many steps to avoid infections spreading between patients or to themselves in hospitals.
What you should know about Bird Flu
There isn't just one type of flu. There are a bunch and some can be more worrisome - like Bird Flu, Swine Flu, and even Flu in dogs.
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.
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.
Food Poisoning: Staphylococcus Aureus
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.
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.
When Arthritis Is Contagious
Infectious Arthritis is sometimes associated with Bull's Eyes and Lyme Disease. There's more to it.
What kind of worms can infect you?
Worms. They're a lot more common than we think.
Infections don't have to spread. We can stop...
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.
There's now a vaccine for Ebola
The Ebola vaccine is a game changer.
Will Zika keep spreading?
Zika has been spreading from Brazil to Puerto Rico. Will its spread continue
Why do you need an Influenza Vaccine this year?
There's more to influenza vaccines than we think - multiple vaccines, multiple strains, multiple brands. Find out more:
Is this 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.
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.
Your heart can get an infection, too.
Your heart can get an infection too. Most who get this type of infection have been at risk for a long time. Some don't know.
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?
The Complete Guide to a Germ-Free Kitchen
Good hygienic cooking and food preparation practices in your kitchen are essential for limiting the possible spread of foodborne infectious diseases.
What can you take to prevent developing TB?
There's a drug you can take to not get TB, if you've been exposed. Isoniazid (or INH) is taken as prophylaxis for Tuberculosis.
Swine Flu FAQs
FAQs about swine flu from Harvard Medical School
Prevention of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria or...
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
What Is Bacteria?
Understanding the definition of bacteria and its role in biology and disease.
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.
What's the problem with Mumps?
Mumps was once a common disease. Its symptoms were less severe in children. It is now likely to affect a higher percentage of adults, who have more complications.
What to know about the Giardia parasite
Giardia is a disease that can be found in wells, lakes, puppies, and daycares. It can also cause chronic fatigue and irritable bowel, so it is important to avoid.
The doctors say she has sepsis.
Sepsis sends over 1 million to the hospital each year. Severe sepsis is a scary diagnosis - and one of the costliest for the healthcare system.
Don't fall for these 10 Myths about Malaria
There are myths about preventing malaria. This is a disease that deserves respect. It takes over half a million lives a year worldwide
Wait, the Plague is back, really?
The news says: Plague in Colorado. 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.
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.
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.
Foodborne and Infant Botulism; Symptoms,...
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.
Definition of Superbug
Glossary definition of Superbug. Infectious Diseases.
The name says it all: Fecal Transplant
There are heart transplants, lung transplants, kidney transplants, but Stool Transplants? Yes, stool transplants. They treat infections like C Diff (Clostridium difficile).
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.
How Germ-y are 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!
The 10 basics about Meningitis in College...
It strikes college students and infants suddenly - but rarely. It's a disease of kissing and close contact. What is meningococcal disease?
The 8 ways to get rid of MRSA
You can protect yourself from getting MRSA - the drug resistant Staph Aureus.
The 5 Biggest Myths About Antibiotics
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Yeast Infections
Profile of yeast infections caused by candida. Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What is a fungus?
Glossary definition of fungi. Infectious Diseases.
Can other infections cause microcephaly?
Zika is worrying a lot of folks. It's thought to cause microcephaly in babies born to mothers who were infected. Are there any other infections that do this?
Can You Get an Infection from a Hospital or...
Glossary definition of nosocomial infection
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.
What's so bad about measles?
Measles is real. It can be a serious infection in some. It spreads anonymously before any rashes in the air before anyone knows they're infected.
What infections come from animals?
Glossary Definition of zoonotic disease
How Infectious Diseases Cause Cancer
Infectious diseases are responsible for up to 30% of all cancers worldwide. Find out how microbes cause cancer.
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.
Definition of Congenital Defect
Glossary definition of Congenital Defect
Definition of Virulence
Glossary definition of virulence
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.
Campylobacter or Campylobacteriosis Infections...
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.
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
Another virus out there, MERS
A virus in the Middle East has been worrying some doctors. This time it's from Camels. Yes, Camels.
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.
What is Typhus
Typhus is a disease that is called Typhoid-like, but it's nothing of the sort. It used to cause havoc whenever there was already havoc.
7 Things you didn't know about HPV
Take charge of your health. HPV is an infection most of us get. It's about much more than just Pap smears. Find out more.
Watch Out for Superbugs!
What are superbugs and where do they come from?
What is a Pandemic?
Glossary definition of pandemic. Infectious Diseases.
There might be a way to treat bacteria without...
There might be a crazy new way to treat bacterial infections. Thing is, it's not new or crazy.
Shigella
Shigella is an infectious food-borne illness. It can cause severe diarrhea or Shigellosis. Find out the symptoms of Shigella infections and how to treat and prevent disease.
Is your Food Antibiotic-free?
Meat these days is not just organic, free range, and heritage. It's antibiotic-free, too.
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
Can you treat Ebola?
Next steps to understanding Ebola. There's only untested treatments for Ebola. The new names in treatment are: ZMapp, Tekmira, Favipiravir, and Biocryst.
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.

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