Ebola is rare in the U.S., but it’s common in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Here’s a quick primer on the virus and advances in treating it.
If you don’t notice the tiny deer tick bite on your body, it can be easy to dismiss signs of Lyme disease. You may suspect flu and give it a week or so, thinking it will resolve on its own. But by then, the bacterial infection has had time to spread. “The human body reacts … Read More
Thanks to the highly effective MMR vaccine, measles has been considered “eliminated” from the U.S. since 2000. But an uptick in cases and recent outbreaks is raising alarm.
Legionnaires’ disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. Outbreaks are commonly associated with large-scale water systems in hotels, hospitals, long-term care facilities and cruise ships. It occurs most often in a certain set of at-risk people.
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Tuberculosis is uncommon in the U.S., but it’s one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. Here’s what you need to know about this infectious disease, how it’s spread and who’s at risk.
Think that food poisoning is only a risk with chicken that’s too pink or deviled eggs left on the picnic table too long? It turns out that salmonella, a type of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness, also can taint packaged snacks and cereals. Find out what you need to know about food poisoning.
Be honest. Do you wash your kitchen towels routinely ― or do weeks (or a month) go by before you toss them in a load? Our infectious disease expert explains why you might want to adopt better towel hygiene.
Mumps is rebounding in the United States. In response to a growing mumps problem, public health authorities recently updated measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine guidelines.
Is the new Shingrix® vaccine that much better than the old Zostavax® vaccine? Get The Short Answer from family medicine physician Matthew J. Goldman, MD.
A study finds reusable bags can harbor multiple bacteria, including E.coli. An expert offers tips to avoid contamination.