Flu vaccinations have become an annual event in most developed countries, yet the flu continues to affect tens of millions of people each year and causes 250,000 to 500,000 deaths worldwide. So, what's wrong? Is the flu virus smarter than us?
Despite advances in medical science and medicine, bugs such as E. coli will always be one step ahead of us. Every now and then they will emerge with a vengeance rendering us humble as they spread illness and in extreme cases, death.
So, what can we do? First adopt safe cooking pratices and hygeine like washing your produce. Remember, those who got sick in the 2011 Germany E Coli outbreak were the 'healthy eaters'. If possible, find out where your fruit, veggies and even meat come from and be selective where you purchase your produce.
The 'global food plate' is here to stay. The more informed you are, the better armed you are. And don't forget to keep your reusuable grocery tote clean!
5 Old-Time Diseases That Are Making a Comeback
Measles, tuberculosis... bubonic plague?! If headlines about old-time diseases on the comeback have you worried, you’re not alone. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe (and sane) amid recent outbreaks.
Let's study the wee ones of the world known as the microbes or the microorganisms. If you spend your life studying them, you would be a microbiologist. These are the smallest of the small and the simplest of the simple. Some of them, like viruses, may not even be alive as we currently define life.
Bugs and Drugs on the Web
This site has been developed in response to current concern about antimicrobial resistance and provides information for the public to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials.
Welcome to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For over 60 years, CDC has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. We are committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability, thereby ensuring a long, productive, healthy life for all people.
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP; "SID-wrap") is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. Founded in 2001, CIDRAP is part of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.
News and Information on Infectious Disease. Deadly microbes are primarily responsible for infectious disease in humans. Microbes in the form of bacteria, viruses, protozoa and sometimes fungi often find ways to infect humans.
AIDS, SARS, influenza, West Nile fever, cholera, tuberculosis, ebola -- these diseases represent only some of the threats to public health that have exploded over the past decades.
Global infectious disease & epidemiology network...GIDEON is an easy to use online application that helps you diagnose infectious diseases and stay up to date on the latest trends in epidemiology and treatment.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a global crisis affecting both patients and healthcare workers. Financially, HAIs represent an estimated annual impact of $6.7 billion to healthcare facilities, but the human cost is even higher.
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).
Infection Control Today
Infection Control Today is the leading information source for infection preventionists and their colleagues in operating rooms, sterile processing, environmental services and materials management. Infection Control Today has been serving hospitals and their critical information needs in the area of infection prevention since 1997.
Medical Ecology is an emerging science that defines those aspects of the environment that have a direct bearing on human health.
Medical News Today
The latest Infectious Diseases News & Bacteria News & Viruses News articles published daily. Includes news on outbreaks, transmission, infection, disease progression, treatments, symptoms and current research.
MedWorm collects updates from over 5000 authoritative data sources (growing each day) via RSS feeds.
The goal of the DLC-ME and the Microbe Zoo is to help students from 7 to 107 to learn about microbial ecology, the study of microbes in the environment.
Microbiology (formerly Journal of General Microbiology) is one of the world''s leading microbiological journals. For over 50 years it has been publishing high-quality research across the whole spectrum of the subject. Microbiology is published by the Society for General Microbiology, a learned society that promotes microbiology at all levels.
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, is recognized as the definitive, broad-based review journal in the disciplines of microbiology, immunology, and molecular and cellular biology, keeping readers abreast of the latest findings about bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and other higher eukaryotes.
National Electronic Library of Infection
Welcome to the National electronic Library of Infection (NeLI). The NeLI is a digital library bringing together the best available on-line evidence-based, quality-tagged resources on the investigation, treatment, prevention and control of infectious disease.
The Real Millennium Bugs
Antibiotics are a real-life miracle in the fight against killer bacteria. But we've underestimated bacteria's ability to survive. Our once invincible arsenal of antibiotics is losing its punch. Are we heading back to a time where a scratch can kill?
The purpose of this weblog is to teach you about viruses and viral disease. This topic is not one that everyone understands, yet nearly everyone would like to.
Virology Down Under
Virology Down Under is a suite of pages providing information about all sorts of human viruses. RNA viruses, DNA viruses, big viruses and small viruses.
Virology Journal is an open access, peer reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of virology, including research on the viruses of animals, plants and microbes. The journal welcomes basic research as well as pre-clinical and clinical studies of novel diagnostic tools.