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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 Shared Wisdom

Covering an outbreak

Amanda Eisenberg has advice and story ideas based on her experience covering the measles outbreak in New York. See it now »

New Shared Wisdom

Finding resources

Linda Marsa reveals the most useful sources for reporting on infectious diseases and climate change. See it now »

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Climate change

Diseases caused by mosquitoes, ticks and fleas tripled and nine new pathogens carried by these insects have been discovered in the U.S. since 2004. See it now »

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