infectious diseases

Motherboard

Why an Australian Man Died 8 Years After Eating a Slug

Sam Ballard of Sydney, Australia died last week from a rare parasitic infection called rat lungworm disease.
Sarah Emerson
11.5.18
Under the Knife

You Had to Be a Little Insane to Be a Surgeon in the 1800s

Back then surgery was nothing but rivers of pus and filth and it's a miracle the human race survived.
Eric Spitznagel
10.17.17
Science

We went hunting for a tick that could kill you

Ticks are usually associated with Lyme disease, but Powassan virus is deadly and our lack of knowledge about it is pretty scary.
Zeke Spector
6.15.17
Opinion

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?
Leyla Mei
2.24.17
STDs

Everything You Need to Know About Herpes and Sex

A guide to not passing along the world's most common STI.
Cindy Kuzma
2.15.17
Science

Why Viruses Have Evolved to Be Gentler on Women

A new study seeks to find an evolutionary explanation for the so-called "man flu" phenomenon, in which men are perceived to be greater victims of infectious disease.
Diana Tourjée
12.14.16
Germany

Scientists Recreated One of Our Deadliest Plagues to Understand Its Evolution

The bacterium behind the Black Death and Justinian's Plague comes back to life.
Sarah Emerson
9.2.16
anthrax

Is Undead Smallpox Reemerging From Siberian Graves?

Scientists debate the dangers of a new plague emerging from permafrost thaws.
Leif Johnson
8.14.16
Health

What You Need to Know About the Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug That Just Arrived in the US

Public health officials fear the dawning of a post-antibiotic era, and the discovery of a new strain of bacteria in the US is a warning to act before it's too late.
Sydney Lupkin
5.28.16
Health

If You Think You Have Chronic Lyme Disease, Most Doctors Say You're Wrong

The majority of doctors and medical groups say there's no proof "chronic" Lyme disease is real, and they charge that the so-called "Lyme literate" doctors who diagnose and treat it are con-artists and quacks.
Sydney Lupkin
5.18.16
News

A 13-Year-Old Girl Died of Toxic Shock Syndrome After Doctors Misdiagnosed Her

Doctors told Jemma-Louise Roberts her vomiting and diarrhea were a simple stomach virus. A week later, she had died from toxic shock syndrome.
Leah Sottile
9.24.15
AIDS

'Post-Treatment Controllers' Offer a Glint of Hope for a Functional HIV Cure

Some patients are able to stop antiviral therapy and remain healthy. No one quite knows why.
Michael Byrne
7.22.15
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