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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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Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

There are few loftier goals than eradicating a disease. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, but, it's not for lack of trying. Read on to discover more about these efforts and learn about the top 10 eradicable diseases.


5 Germs You Really Can Get From a Toilet

5 Germs You Really Can Get From a Toilet

Do you fear the public bathroom? You're not alone. Here are the five likeliest things you could catch from a toilet. See more »

How Ebola Works

How Ebola Works

Ebola has spread beyond its hub of central Africa and shown up in the far reaches of western Africa. Learn more about Ebola at HowStuffWorks. See more »

5 Rare Parasites Found in the Human Body

5 Rare Parasites Found in the Human Body

Rare parasites can be creepy. We're willing to bet that you'd go to almost any length to avoid spending time with the five rare parasites. See more »

What causes cold sores?

Do you know what causes cold sores? Find out what causes cold sores in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

What is the SARS conspiracy theory?

Do you know about the SARS conspiracy theory? Find out about the SARS conspiracy theory in this article from HowStuffWorks. See more »

How does a virus behave in the body?

In general, people are at their most contagious approximately three days after having been exposed to a virus. You can learn more about how a virus behaves in the body from this article. See more »

How does the flu spread?

Flu season in North America usually begins in November and runs until March. Learn more about how the flu spreads from this article. See more »

Is there a SARS vaccine?

Is there a SARS vaccine? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn if there is a SARS vaccine. See more »

Where did SARS come from?

Where did SARS come from? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn more about the origins of SARS from this article. See more »

Where are high risk SARS areas?

Where are high risk SARS areas? Visit HowStuffWorks to learn more about the high risk SARS areas from this article. See more »