Infectious DiseaseInfo Center

TB Therapy Risky for Elderly
Tuberculosis (TB) affects one third of the world's population. In some, the disease is latent, meaning it is inactive and non-contagious.
Circumcision Reduces HPV in Uganda
Randomized trials in Uganda have shown that circumcision reduces the risk of HPV transmission in heterosexual couples uninfected by HIV.
Bacteria Take Hold with a One-Two Punch
Scientists have discovered a virtually unstoppable form of bacteria cell that contributes to chronic infections, but its overall function and origin are still shrouded in mystery.
Give Your Lungs a Little Sunlight
Vitamin D, when used as a supplement to antibiotics, can help speed up the treatment of tuberculosis, according to a recent study out of London.
A New Era of Fungal Infections
The incidence of pulmonary fungal infections is on the rise. In response, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) has issued a new clinical policy statement, replacing guidelines published in 1988, for the treatment of such infections.
New Biomarker Found for Hepatitis C
Scientists find new ways to predict the efficiency of Hepatitis C treatments by singling out a particular protein that, in its abnormal form, impedes immune response instead of helping it.
IDSA Targets Skin-Infecting Superbug
A potentially deadly skin infection commonly linked to hospital stays is the subject of new guidelines submitted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
Two Is Better Than One
Researchers from Yale University and Colombia University recently tested the efficacy of a two dose vaccination for varicella, also known as chickenpox.
The Cold War
Many Americans are not adequately protecting themselves against colds and flu this season. Are you? If not, find out how.
K3: A Viral Cloak of Invisibility
Viruses manage to disable the body's immune response due to a key viral gene that inhibits important signaling cells and allows infections to slip in undetected.