Kids keep getting this polio-like illness — and researchers have no idea why

It’s still unclear what causes the illness or how to treat it, even though the CDC has been vigilantly tracking the outbreak since 2014.


France is Fighting the Anti-Vaxxer Movement With Actual Science

President Emmanuel Macron's newly appointed health minister just issued mandatory vaccinations as a way to crack down on resurgent anti-vaccination campaigns.


The Deadliest Microbe in History Is Still Looming in the US

A third of all humans have tuberculosis. So why is so little being done?


Russia Doesn’t Want Anyone to Know About Its HIV Epidemic

The government refuses to acknowledge that it isn't supporting more than a million people infected by HIV/AIDS.


To Solve Opioid Addiction, We Still Need to Solve Pain

We know a whole lot about painkillers, but not much about pain itself.


Is Trump Prepared for the Next Epidemic?

Another outbreak will come, whether we’re ready or not.


What Almost Every Outbreak Story Gets Wrong

If the story of Gaëtan Dugas as Patient Zero was scientifically inaccurate, why did it persist for so long?


The World Is 'Grossly Unprepared' for the Next Big Virus Outbreak, Study Finds

Which is a problem, because infectious diseases are projected to become only more common.


Ebola Can Hide Out and Replicate In Your Lungs

The more we know, the better we get at fighting the virus.


It's Time To Face My Flu Shot Fears

I haven't had the flu or a flu shot for almost a decade, but that's a weak argument against vaccination.


Why Isn't the Global Rate of HIV Infection Declining?

Fewer people are dying, but the HIV infection rate has stayed the same since 2005.


The Blondes

A plague that only infects blonde women has been unleashed in New York City.