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.

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?

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    Will Bananas Prevent HIV?

    I always knew there was something special about bananas. As it turns out, a strong new inhibitor of HIV derived from bananas may pave the way to new treatments to prevent sexual transmission of HIV, according to a newly published study from the University of Michigan Medical School. See more »

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