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Coretopic:Infectious Diseases

New and dangerous infectious diseases are surfacing around the planet at an accelerating rate.

From the spread of Zika virus into the southern U.S. to an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, to a swine flu pandemic that began in Mexico, each of these recent health threats seems have taken the public by surprise.

But they shouldn’t have. We have been in a continuous battle for survival with bacteria, viruses and fungi that live in the environment and inside our bodies. History has been filled and shaped by infectious disease outbreaks that killed millions – from the plague in the Middle Ages to cholera deaths throughout Europe in the 19th century.


New How I Did It

Antibiotic resistance

Matt Richtel decided to take on the task on of trying to get Americans to understand the growing threat. See it now »

New How I Did It

Environment and disease

Lois Parshley explains why she traveled across the globe to report on Rift Valley fever and what it means for public health. See it now »

New Key Concept

Hand hygiene

Health care providers wash their hands less than half the time that they should, contributing to the spread of disease. See it now »

Infectious Diseases news — from Covering Health