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.
Sometimes you just can't avoid using a public bathroom. Is it safe with coronavirus raging? How can you be sure?
Many health experts are gravely concerned about how the massive protest crowds, chanting and especially use of tear gas could accelerate the spread of coronavirus.
Learn the steps of contact tracing, one critical way that public health officials stop viruses like COVID-19 from spreading, in this HowStuffWorks video.
Despite strict closing and hygiene orders, San Francisco was hit hard by the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. But some residents balked at the rules and that meant more people died.
As COVID-19 rages around the world, distilleries quickly ramp up the switch from booze to hand sanitizer in an all-out effort to curb the spread.
The World Health Organization just declared the coronavirus a full-blown pandemic. What does that even mean, and how is that different from an epidemic?
You've probably heard the word "quarantine" a lot in relation to the coronavirus. But how is it different from patient isolation?
There's been a steady uptick in Lyme disease across the United States since 1997, but the news isn't all bad.
Since 2004, cases of diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes have tripled in the U.S.
We often lack the resources to treat and educate everyone when combating disease. Moving the 'hubs' of a social network to the front of the line may be most effective.
And that unique ability may propel us closer to an HIV vaccine for humans.
Mosquitoes spread deadly malaria, and trimming one specific shrub could make significant headway in battling the disease.
Updated quarantine regulations which would give federal health officials more leeway to detain sick people have some legal and civil rights experts concerned.
Sure, the carrier mosquitoes are in the U.S., and so is the disease. But other factors will stave off a widespread incident, experts say.
Sometimes the nose knows. What advances are being made in detecting diseases by scent?
The FDA is recommending that all blood donations start being tested for Zika virus in the next 12 weeks. But what about the blood already on hand? What happens to that?
In countries where governments mandate vaccination against chickenpox, a new study finds, online searches for information about symptoms drop.
Are jet air hand dryers the safest way to dry your hands after using the bathroom or are they blasting invisible microbes through the air with every use?
With the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, scientists are taking a second look at infection treatments that were popular before antibiotics. Which ones might work today, and which ones are just quackery?
Just how common is it for schools, jobs and insurers to turn people away based on their DNA?
As the Zika virus spreads, there's still much health experts don't know. So just how bad is the outbreak, and is it really connected with the rising cases of microcephaly?
Only Charlie Sheen knows exactly why he went public with his HIV diagnosis last fall, but public health researchers are glad he did, as more people sought information.
The WHO has declared such an emergency only three times before. And in the U.S., public health authorities are reporting the first sexually transmitted Zika infection.
There's such a thing as getting too close to nature. Many diseases that infect animals can make the jump to humans, sometimes with deadly consequences.
It might seem counterintuitive for labs to stock highly contagious diseases, but some researchers insist it's with good reason.