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Infectious Diseases

Bird flu, malaria, plague and West Nile virus are infectious diseases we've all heard of. Find information on these epidemics and more in this section.

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Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

A research group in Atlanta has developed an AIDS vaccine that shows 96 percent effectiveness in non-human, pre-clinical trials. It's already in Phase I human trials and could be on the market within four years.


New CDC Quarantine Rules Raise Civil Liberty Concerns

Updated quarantine regulations which would give federal health officials more leeway to detain sick people have some legal and civil rights experts concerned. See more »

Why a Massive Zika Outbreak in the United States Is Unlikely

Sure, the carrier mosquitoes are in the U.S., and so is the disease. But other factors will stave off a widespread incident, experts say. See more »

New Study: Zika Can Survive for 8 Hours Outside a Host Body

Zika virus acts weird for a mosquito-borne illness. The newest twist is that it can survive for a surprisingly long time on a hard, nonporous surface. See more »

The Curious Ability to Detect Disease by Smell

Sometimes the nose knows. What advances are being made in detecting diseases by scent? See more »

Cat Scratch Fever’s Not Just an Infectious Song

Cat scratch fever’s having another day in the spotlight and this time it has nothing to do with rocker Ted Nugent. So, should you be scared of your kitty? See more »

Keeping Zika Out of the U.S. Blood Supply

The FDA is recommending that all blood donations start being tested for Zika virus in the next 12 weeks. But what about the blood already on hand? What happens to that? See more »

Researchers Analyze Google Data to Show Success of Chickenpox Vaccine

In countries where governments mandate vaccination against chickenpox, a new study finds, online searches for information about symptoms drop. See more »

Can Jet Hand Dryers Really Blast Out a Germ Cloud? Well, Yes and No

A new study finds noisy touch-free dryers like the Dyson Airblade can fill an entire room with airborne viruses. But "can" and "actually do" are different things. See more »

10 Ways That Doctors Treated Infections Before Antibiotics

With the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, scientists are taking a second look at infection treatments that were popular before antibiotics. Which ones might work today, and which ones are just quackery? See more »

How Genetic Discrimination Works

Just how common is it for schools, jobs and insurers to turn people away based on their DNA? See more »