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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

A series on emerging infections

“It was a micro-story that was really part of a bigger macro-story about global forces and zoonotic diseases.” See it now »

New Glossary Term

“Antigenic” drift and shift

Often used when discussing flu virus because it is among the fastest mutating viruses on the planet. See it now »

New Tip Sheets

HIV in the modern era

In a new pair of tip sheets, Heather Boerner gets us up to speed on the disease and advice on accurate, neutral coverage.  See it now »

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