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Of Parasites and Plagues

Claire Panosian Dunavan, MD, explores lesser known domestic and global infectious diseases

Of Parasites and Plagues
Botulism's Most Vulnerable Victims Are Not Who You Think

How many babies are treated late -- or never treated at all?

May 31, 2024
A computer rendering of Clostridium botulinum bacteria
Of Parasites and Plagues
Superbugs Pose a Deadly Threat to Cystic Fibrosis Patients

A little-known microbe claimed Mallory Smith's life but did not quell her light

May 14, 2024
A photo of Mallory Smith
Of Parasites and Plagues
Herpes B: A Hidden Menace in Monkeys

The recent saga of a man in Hong Kong is a grim reminder of a dangerous macaque virus

April 23, 2024
A photo of a group of people watching monkeys at Kam Shan Country Park.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Measles' Deadliest Sequelae

How much do you know about its most dire consequences?

February 26, 2024
A photo of a boy with measles.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Treating the Tsetse's Curse

A drug called fexinidazole deserves a heart-felt shout-out

February 9, 2024
A microscope image of trypanosoma lewisi parasites
Of Parasites and Plagues
Fighting Back Against Acute Bacterial Meningitis

The hope for a brighter future largely rests on better vaccines reaching more people

January 20, 2024
A photo of two female physicians performing a spinal tap on a child.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Gonorrhea, Then and Now

And when -- if ever -- will resistant super-bugs increase the use of condoms?

December 22, 2023
A computer rendering of gonorrhea bacteria
Of Parasites and Plagues
Got Raw Milk?

Thanks, but I'll take mine pasteurized

December 8, 2023
A photo of a farmer taking a raw milk sample at a dairy processing plant.
Of Parasites and Plagues
What Will It Take to Get Pregnant Women Vaccinated?

Lifelong education is essential

November 2, 2023
A photo of a syringe in a blue rubber gloved hand in front of an out of focus pregnant woman.
Of Parasites and Plagues
The Parasite Heard 'Round the World

A wriggling worm in a woman's brain underscores parasites' indomitable will to survive

October 14, 2023
A computer rendering of a roundworm.
Of Parasites and Plagues
'Tis the Season of Flea-Borne Typhus

Animal lovers take heed

October 4, 2023
A photo of a Ctenocephalides felis flea in a catโ€™s fur.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Should We Be Surprised by Leprosy's Recent Spike in Florida?

A deeper look into a highly stigmatized infection

August 21, 2023
A photo of an exhibit at the National Hansenโ€™s Disease (Leprosy) museum in Carville, Louisiana
Of Parasites and Plagues
What You Don't Know About Leprosy

As concern mounts over increasing cases in Florida, experts set the record straight

August 21, 2023
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Of Parasites and Plagues
From Salad Roulette to Salmonella in Poultry and Peanuts

The folly of believing U.S. food is as safe as safe can be

August 17, 2023
A photo of bagged spinach and lettuce in a grocery store produce section.
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