Viruses Archive

What Makes the Flu So Bad this Year?

There has been much in the news lately about the severity of the flu this winter. Some have said it’s the worst flu since the swine flu pandemic of 2009¬†. At the start of 2018, …

Why Vaccinate?

We live in a world fraught with dangers, but widespread death due to infectious diseases should not be one of them. These days we tend to worry about newly emerging infectious diseases like Ebola or …

Can You Catch a Cold From Being Cold?

It may seem like superstition, but when your mother told you to bundle up and stay warm to keep from catching a cold, she – ¬†knowingly or not- actually had a scientific basis for her …

Connecting Zika and Birth Defects

Over the years public health officials have had to deal with numerous emerging diseases; SARS, Lyme Disease, Ebola and most recently, Zika virus. While some of these diseases have been around for years, sometimes they …

Infographic – Zika Virus

The Zika virus seems to have come out of nowhere, but in reality it has been documented since the early 20th century. So why has it been in the news recently? Once it spread to …