Philip Graitcer used to work in Africa as an epidemiologist for the CDC. Recently he returned to Africa as a journalist and met people living with elephantiasis. He shares his thoughts on the patients who remain even when a disease is gone.
Archaeologists in London have found 13 skeletons that date back 700 years. Historians say as many as 50,000 people died around the year 1348. Name the phenomenon that spread across Europe and re-shaped the human landscape of London.
Epidemics have become a hot topic in gaming. In the online video game Pandemic 2, you play the virus, aiming to wipe out humanity. In The Great Flu, you control a world health organization and make decisions about face masks and airport closures.
'The vampire myth, the werewolf myth, and the zombie myth,' Bill Wasik tells Kurt Andersen, 'are all saliva-born infections that manifest as a contagious animal essence. Rabies is the only thing in nature that really acts that way.'
Scientists say a girl born with HIV two-and-a-half years ago appears to have been cured. Though the apparent breakthrough is limited to one infant case, the news may give hope to the millions of people living with the HIV virus around the globe.
Cuba has confirmed there's been a cholera outbreak in Havana. The announcement came after days of rumors in the Cuban capital, as doctors checked neighborhoods house by house for potential cholera cases.
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