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By Megan Coffee

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • Is there treatment for Ebola? Created: Thursday, August 21, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 21, 2014
      Next steps to understanding Ebola. There's only untested treatments for Ebola. The new names in treatment are: ZMapp, Tekmira, Biocryst
    • Look what else the Cat dragged in Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
      Cats are awfully cute, but sometimes they spread infections - anything from ringworm to salmonella to latent tuberculosis (TB). Luckily, this is rare.
    • Microbiome, Probiotics, Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: What's going on? Created: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Updated: Saturday, August 16, 2014
      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.
    • What is it like to have Chikungunya Created: Sunday, August 10, 2014 Updated: Friday, August 15, 2014
      Chikungunya has spread in the Caribbean and has now been found in Florida and Texas. The disease can cause joints to be painful for months.
    • Look what the Cat dragged in Created: Thursday, August 14, 2014 Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014
      Cats can be cute - but every once in a while they can bring home not only a mouse, but also an infection, from cat-scratch disease to MRSA to rabies.
    • Ebola Created: Thursday, August 07, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
      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.
    • Chikungunya: Chicken-what? Created: Saturday, August 09, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
      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.
    • Infectious Diseases during Pregnancy - Risks to baby Created: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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 t...
    • Diarrheal Diseases 101 Created: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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 tip...
    • What is Salmonellosis? Created: Tuesday, October 21, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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." itemprop="description'" --> itemprop="descript...
    • Rotavirus Vaccine Radar Created: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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." itemif expr="$zTP='t3'" --> i...
    • Disease-Free Daycares Created: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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...
    • Penny-Pinching Pills and Prevention Tips Created: Friday, October 17, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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."
    • Epidemiology 101: Outbreak Investigation Created: Thursday, January 22, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      What exactly is an outbreak, and why is it important to investigate it? What do epidemiologists do when investigating an outbreak?" itemprop="description">...
    • Seasonality of Winter Viruses Created: Monday, December 08, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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 tru...
    • Choosing the Right Antibiotic for Bacterial Infections Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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."
    • Infections from Microbes in Contaminated Foods Created: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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. "
    • The MMR Vaccine: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Created: Monday, March 02, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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 a...
    • Kitchen and Food Safety Created: Thursday, November 20, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      Good hygienic cooking and food preparation practices in your kitchen are essential for limiting the possible spread of foodborne infectious diseases." itemprop="description'" --> itemprop="descript...
    • Active Tuberculosis Created: Sunday, April 19, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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"
    • Eat it with a Grain of Salt Created: Thursday, February 19, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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....
    • Sore Throats Created: Monday, January 19, 2009 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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" it-#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -->...
    • Got Pasteurized Milk? Created: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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 p...
    • Sick of Stress or Sick from Stress? Created: Thursday, December 11, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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?"
    • Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) for Diarrheal Disease Created: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      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." itemprop="descrip='t3'" --> itemprop="desc...
    • Antibiotics Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Sunday, August 10, 2014
      What are antibiotics? Where do they come from? How do they work?" itemprop="description"> Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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...
    • Whooping Cough or Pertussis Created: Sunday, April 19, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Whooping Cough, also known as Pertussis, caused by the bacteria Bordatella pertussis." itemprop="description"< --> itemprop="descriptio...
    • Cholera Created: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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 infe...
    • Strep Throat: Frequently Asked Questions Created: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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 mor...
    • Kiss of Death...(Or Diseases) Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014
      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?"
    • Measles Created: Friday, February 20, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      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, an...

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