infectious disease


How Gross Is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

The final word on whether dragging in all that bacteria on your shoes will actually make you sick.


San Diego's Housing Crisis Is Contributing to the Spread of Hep A

The situation was dire enough for the governor to declare a state of emergency in October.


How Nasty Is it to Never Clean Your Toilet?

That moldy ring means it's been at least three weeks.


Is It Worse to Sit or Squat on a Public Toilet?

When nature calls, your bladder doesn't care that the only stall looks like a neglected stable.


Thailand confirms first microcephaly cases linked to Zika

The U.S. issued new advice for pregnant women traveling to Southeast Asia, now the region has reported cases of the birth defect connected to the Zika virus.


Leading Antibiotic Doomsayer Mellows on Infection Armageddon

A new realm of narrow-spectrum antibiotics offers new hope, Richard James explains.


Guinea Ramps Up Fight Against Ebola as Outbreak Continues to Burn

As the ground zero for the Ebola outbreak burning through West Africa, Guinea has been fighting the virus for more than a year, but a recent spike in transmissions has pushed the government into action.


Inside the US Army's Ebola Lab in Liberia

At Tappita Ebola Treatment Unit the goal is to get a confirmation that a patient has Ebola in two hours, rather than two days.


'I'm Going to Live': American Ashoka Mukpo on What It's Like to Have Ebola

Freelance journalist Ashoka Mukpo contracted Ebola while working in Liberia. Here, he writes about his experience — and about the experiences of those who weren't as lucky.