Health | Diseases & Conditions | 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.


Malaria Overview

Malaria Overview

If you're a mother in tropical Africa, a biting mosquito is one of your worst fears, because it can transmit malaria. Learn about this serious,often fatal disease and find out why it's one of the world's most pressing public health concerns. See more »

Infectious Diseases 101

Infectious Diseases 101

Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms, and your body is constantly dealing with them. Learn more about infectious diseases and how to prevent them. See more »

Facts About Pneumonic Plague

Pneumonic plague can be spread from person to person. Learn about the causes and symptoms of pneumonic plague from Discovery Health. See more »

History of Black Plague

Black plague had a devastating impact on humanity. Learn about the history of black plague from Discovery Health. See more »

West Nile Virus Overview

West Nile Virus Overview

Ever since West Nile Virus arrived in the United States, it's been treated as a serious, growing threat. This virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, is potentially deadly -- but what are your chances of contracting it? See more »

What is the Flu?

What is the Flu? See more »

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS

What are the definitions of HIV and AIDS terms? Learn about the symptoms and spreading of HIV and AIDS. See more »

If you have HIV, does it mean you have AIDS, too?

If you have HIV, does it mean you have AIDS, too?

A friend of mine told me that just because you have HIV doesn't mean you have AIDS. Is this true? See more »

Can I get AIDS from a mosquito bite?

Can I get AIDS from a mosquito bite?

Can I get AIDS from a mosquito bite? See more »

What is foot-and-mouth disease?

What is foot-and-mouth disease? See more »