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.

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So you've heard all the hype about H1N1 and have no interest in being infected with a combination swine-avian-human influenza monster virus. What are the best ways to go about avoiding it?

By Tom Scheve

When a subject dominates the news, you can be sure that everyone's got an opinion about it. Unfortunately, some of those opinions are bound to be based on pure misinformation -- so what do you have wrong about swine flu?

By Tom Scheve

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?

By Tom Scheve

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

By Josh Clark

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.

By Julia Layton

A research group in Atlanta has developed an AIDS vaccine that shows 96 percent effectiveness in non-human, pre-clinical trials. It's already in Phase I human trials and could be on the market within four years.

By Julia Layton

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.

By Sherry Kahn

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Your body is constantly dealing with microorganisms, its own and those introduced from the outside. Some microorganisms can cause what are called infectious diseases. Learn how the body deals with them.

By Editors of Consumer Guide

If you symptoms of the pneumonic plague, you should seek expert help immediately. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the pneumonic plague.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

It was said that the cause of the black plague was a particularly sinister alignment of the planets, or a foul wind created by recent earthquakes. Learn more about the history of the black plague and how this disease spread.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

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?

By Stephanie Watson

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Flu is short for influenza virus. Learn how the flu virus works and why antibiotics won't help you fight it.

By Stephanie Watson

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

By Sinclair Intimacy Institute

Early rumors claimed that having HIV doesn't mean that you necessarily have AIDS. Is there any truth to this?

Since AIDS is carried through the blood, what are the chances of contracting it from a mosquito bite?

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Foot-and-mouth diseases is a pretty odd-sounding name. So what is this condition?

How long can a germ live in a room? My son had a friend over, and the friend was coughing all over the house. How long can his germs infect people?