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Do People Still Get Leprosy?
Do People Still Get Leprosy?
Leprosy is an active disease that is still present in about 120 countries, including the USA and Europe. At least 250,000 people currently have leprosy....
Do People Still Get the Plague?
Do People Still Get the Plague?
The bacterium that causes the plague is still very much alive and waves of infection continued to affect other parts of the world outside Europe, causing isolated…...
Eye Witness Account: The Misery of Cholera
Eye Witness Account: The Misery of Cholera
The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe began in August 2008. In January 2009, when we interviewed Mwana, a student who had recently visited her family there, nearly 3000…...
How Can People Catch Lyme Disease?
How Can People Catch Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by the species Borrelia, is increasing in the US and Europe. Humans become infected through the bites of deer ticks or sheep…...
Is Tetanus the Same as Lock-jaw?
Is Tetanus the Same as Lock-jaw?
Tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw, is caused by an infection with the bacterium Clostridium tetani....
People With Leprosy Still Live in Fear
People With Leprosy Still Live in Fear
Leprosy, an ancient disease, is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae. It affects many people in India who are often afraid to seek treatment because of the…...
Q Fever: the World's Most Infectious Disease
Q Fever: the World's Most Infectious Disease
Q fever can develop after infection with just one bacterium and causes either a flu-like illness, pneumonia or liver problems....
Trachoma and Blindness
Trachoma and Blindness
Trachoma is the world’s leading cause of infectious blindness. It takes the sight of millions of people in the developing world, many of them women and young children....
What Causes Scarlet Fever?
What Causes Scarlet Fever?
Scarlet fever, an infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a Group A Streptococcus, is now easily treated with antibiotics but it used to be extremely serious....
What is Bacterial Meningitis?
What is Bacterial Meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis is a life threatening bacterial infection of the membrane and fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord....
Which Bacterium Causes the Plague?
Which Bacterium Causes the Plague?
Plague, also known as the Black Death, is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. This spreads from infected fleas to humans, causing fatal disease....
Why is Anthrax So Feared?
Why is Anthrax So Feared?
Anthrax is a killer bacterial disease that can be fatal in 100 per cent of cases. Its spores can remain infectious for hundreds of years....
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