A few months before South Africa is supposed to host the FIFA World Cup, an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever has infected at least 7 individuals, killing one. According to the Deputy Minister of Health, a...

I can remember my mother warning me as a kid that I could get food poisoning from a sandwich that was left out of the refrigerator that had mayonnaise on it. Was this a justified concern on my mom’s...

There are those who favor drinking raw milk to pasteurized and the reasons include that pasteurization alters the taste of the milk but more importantly they say, it destroys much of the nutritional value...

According to a March 4th Senegalese Ministry of Health announcement, there are two confirmed of polio in the country. These are the first polio cases reported in the country since 1998. This is the most...

With the recent discovery that King Tut was afflicted with the parasitic disease malaria, I wanted to briefly explore infectious diseases that affected or killed famous people throughout history, ancient...

The youngest leprosy patient in Kalaupapa from the remote northern peninsula of Molokai was charged with trying to ship methamphetamine from Honolulu to Kalaupapa last month. Allegedly, the 68 year old...

This is suggested in a study in the journal PLoS One. A team of researchers from Michigan State University published finding that Group B streptococcus may be a zoonotic disease, transmitted from cows...

A stray street dog that had terrorized an Indian village last week biting at least seven people found its most bizarre fate. His latest victim, a 30 year old laborer from a village on the outskirts of...

Since Thursday, three different companies producing three different food products have issued recalls due to the potential of Salmonella contamination. The recalls include such diverse food products as...

As of this morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a yellow fever outbreak notice for certain areas of Brazil. Southern Brazil states like Rio Grande do Sul and Sao Paolo...