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Causes and Risk Factors of Mumps

Mumps is caused by paramyxovirus, which is easily spread by casual contact, coughing, and sneezing. Lack of vaccination or immunosupression increases your risk. Mumps infection is caused by a virus that is easily transmitted through casual contact....

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What You Should Know About Endocarditis

Your heart can get an infection, too. Most who get this type of infection have been at risk for a long time. Some don't know. Learn more. Endocarditis is an often serious infection (or inflammation) of the heart. Technically, endocarditis is the...

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What Is Yellow Fever?

Yellow fever is a viral illness spread by mosquitos endemic to Africa and South America. Reviewed by a board-certified infectious disease physician. Yellow fever is caused by a flavivirus, which is spread by mosquitos in Africa and...

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Bloody Diarrhea Caused by E. Coli

Learn about E. coli O157: H7, a common cause of foodborne outbreaks, causing hemorrhagic colitis, characterized by bloody diarrhea. Although not identified as a cause of hemorrhagic colitis (bloody diarrhea) until 1982, E. coli O157: H7 is now...

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Infectious Diseases by Name

Learn the details about the different infectious disease, including where they're prominent, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you do get sick.

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Overview of the Usutu Virus

Mosquitoes are capable of spreading multiple viruses, including a little known virus named Usutu that has been in Africa and parts of Europe. The Americas haven't seen many of the viruses that are more common in Africa and Asia, but the Americas do...

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An Overview of Typhoid Fever

Typhoid fever, caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhi, can lead to high fever and flu-like symptoms that may progress to life-threatening complications if not treated. Typhoid fever is a bacterial disease that’s spread through food, water, or...

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An Overview of Epstein-Barr Virus

Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects most adults. It can cause mononucleosis and is linked to other conditions. Reviewed by a board-certified physician. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infects most of the world’s population—around 95% of adults....

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The Spread of Waterborne Illnesses

Although the U.S. has good sanitation and infrastructure, waterborne illnesses can still spread. Here's a closer look at types of waterborne disease. With Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria ravaging Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico, respectively,...