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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.


5 Myths About Swine Flu

 5 Myths About Swine Flu

Do you know what are the facts and what are the myths about swine flu? Take a look at our list of five myths about swine flu to get informed. See more »

How did swine flu get its name?

 How did swine flu get its name?

Do you know how swine flu got that name? The virus doesn't even come from pigs, so why call it swine? Learn about the swine flu name. See more »

How MRSA Works

 How MRSA Works

MRSA, also called the superbug, is a bacterium becoming resistant to antibiotics. Read about treating MRSA infections and how MRSA can be controlled. 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 »

Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

 Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

An AIDS vaccine has been developed that shows 96 percent effectiveness in non-human, pre-clinical trials. Learn about this potential AIDS vaccine. See more »

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 »