As of Tuesday evening, a virulent and mysterious type of E. coli had killed 16 people in northern Germany and Sweden and sickened 1,150 others in Germany alone.
Health officials in South Korea reported that a second person has died after being infected with an unknown virus.
So far this year, 118 cases of measles have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — the highest number for the January-to-May period since 1996 and double the median number of yearly cases …
Global health officials at the World Health Conference in Geneva will decide this week whether to preserve or destroy the last known stockpiles of smallpox — one of the deadliest diseases in human history.
The global outbreak of measles is continuing to spread, with cases rising in Europe and certain parts of the U.S., including California.
When it comes to having a sweet tooth, bacteria take the cake. Which is why, in a new study in mice and lab-dish cells, researchers were able to use the sweet stuff to lure bacteria out of hiding and kill them with antibiotics.
(Updated) The one bright side to having bedbugs — if you wanted to be optimistic about it — has always been that at least the tormenting critters didn’t transmit disease. But now researchers in Vancouver report that they’ve …
Turns out, the plague isn’t just ancient history. New Mexico health officials recently confirmed the first human case of bubonic plague — previously known as the “Black Death” — to surface in the U.S. in 2011.
A newly approved diagnostic test can rapidly identify whether a patient’s Staphylococcus aureus infection is resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics.
Unless you are a disease-vector biologist studying in the field in West Africa, don’t attempt this explanation at home.
Scientists have discovered a dangerous pathogen lurking in the drinking water in Delhi. It’s not a superbug per se, but a supergene — a genetic mutation that can be acquired by a variety of bacteria to make them impervious to …
So much can be communicated in just one kiss — including the bacteria Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, which flourish on teeth and gums and cause cavities.
We’ve become a rather germ-phobic society, what with our antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, automatic water faucets and self-flushing toilets — all of which are supposed to reduce our contact with potential disease-causing …