Relatives dancing with the corpses of their loved ones are helping to spread the plague, officials have warned IMAGE: AFP OR LICENSORS The outbreak has torn through the island taking the deadlier and airborne pneumonic strain IMAGE: AFP OR LICENSORS Some 1,300 people have been infected by the deadly Medieval disease IMAGE: AFP OR LICENSORS Red Cross officials work in Antananarivo, Madagascar, where the plague has struck IMAGE: AFP OR LICENSORS A doctor from the local Ministry of Health staffs a heathcare checkpoint IMAGE: AFP OR LICENSORS
Professor's Perspective

The Plague Hits Madagascar

November 15, 2017

The plague happened hundreds of years ago, right? Professor Barry Fox comments on the recent outbreak of the pneumonic plague in Madagascar. […]

Professor's Perspective

Bird Flu Update

May 17, 2017

The Bird Flu. It’s been out of the news for a while but is making a resurgence. Dr. Barry Fox discusses the risks and potential pandemic. […]

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Health And Fitness

The Zika Virus: What Have We Learned So Far?

March 15, 2017

Although the Zika virus existed in central Africa decades ago, the rapid spread of the virus around the world in only a couple of years is a significant event. What do we already know, and what do we still have to learn about this prolific virus? […]

Antibiotic resistant virus as a deadly mutated viral cell attacking a pharmaceutical pill with a punch as a medical pathology disease risk. Image by Lightspring/Shutterstock
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Are We Headed Back to the Pre-Antibiotic Era?

February 7, 2017

We now have a moral obligation to use antibiotics more wisely than ever before. They are only beneficial under some circumstances, and have real risks of side effects. inappropriate use is leading to “superbugs” and a possible return to the pre-antibiotic era, where we will have no drugs to treat the pathogens. […]

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Influenza: The Past and Future Threat

January 25, 2017

The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 was one of the deadliest flu episodes ever. How can we learn from this outbreak and make sure we are prepared for the next pandemic event? […]

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The Secret Life of a Virus

December 19, 2016

By Anthony A. Goodman, MD, Montana State University Viruses are tiny, tiny particles—20 or 30 nanometers in size—invisible by anything other than an electron microscope. Referred […]

Close up of Mosquito sucking blood. Aedes Aegypti Mosquito on human skin
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Malaria: The King of Tropical Diseases

December 15, 2016

By Anthony A. Goodman, M.D., Montana State University Malaria—a mosquito-borne infectious disease—is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of Earth. One of a variety of tropical […]

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