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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Where are high risk SARS areas?

During the SARS outbreak of 2003-2004, high risk areas included China, Taiwan and Canada. Learn more about the high risk SARS areas from this article.

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  • 10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences

    10 Diseases That Used to Be Death Sentences

    Pneumonia and diarrhea used to be bigger killers, but nowadays, developed countries can successfully treat them. Which other diseases are no longer death sentences? See more »

  • 5 Germs You Really Can Get from a Toilet

    5 Germs You Really Can Get from a Toilet

    No one thinks public toilets are altars of tidiness, but are they actually dangerous? The odds of catching something from a public bathroom are low -- but it's possible. See more »

  • 5 Myths About Swine Flu

    5 Myths About Swine Flu

    When a subject dominates the news, you can be sure that everyone's got an opinion about it. Unfortunately, some of those opinions are bound to be based on pure misinformation -- so what do you have wrong about swine flu? See more »

  • 5 Rare Parasites Found in the Human Body

    5 Rare Parasites Found in the Human Body

    Parasites are common, and many are harmless. But we're willing to bet that you'd go to almost any length to avoid spending time with the five on this list. See more »

  • 5 Ways to Prevent Swine Flu

    5 Ways to Prevent Swine Flu

    So you've heard all the hype about H1N1 and have no interest in being infected with a combination swine-avian-human influenza monster virus. What are the best ways to go about avoiding it? See more »

  • Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

    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. See more »

  • Can I get AIDS from a mosquito bite?

    Can I get AIDS from a mosquito bite?

    Since AIDS is carried through the blood, what are the chances of contracting it from a mosquito bite? See more »

  • Does male circumcision up the risk of male-to-female HIV transmission?

    Does male circumcision up the risk of male-to-female HIV transmission?

    The giddiness over studies showing that circumcision reduces a man's risk of contracting AIDS from an infected woman has died down a bit in the wake of subsequent research. It appears that a woman's risk of contracting AIDS from an infected man may be greater if he's circumcised. See more »

  • How did swine flu get its name?

    How did swine flu get its name?

    This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home and this little piggy gave us swine flu? Wrong. The swine flu of 2008 and 2009 doesn't even come from pigs. So why do we call it that? See more »

  • How do infections go airborne?

    How do infections go airborne?

    There's a reason why the person hacking a lung up on public transportation is subject to such dirty looks -- he or she is subjecting the whole bus or train car to infection. But how do infections just hang in the air? See more »

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