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Of Parasites and Plagues

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

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 cat’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 Hansen’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.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Is West Nile Virus on Your Radar? It Should Be.

Doubling down on education and prevention is key

July 20, 2023
A photo of a Culex mosquito feeding on a person.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Berry Eaters Beware: Hepatitis A May Be Lurking

And a look at the bigger picture behind the frozen-food outbreaks

June 28, 2023
A photo of a bowl of frozen strawberries.
Of Parasites and Plagues
Lessons From the Tuberculosis Patient on the Lam

We can learn from the case now that she's receiving treatment

June 5, 2023
A historical photo of a tuberculosis hospital in Richmond, Va
Of Parasites and Plagues
From Botched Buttocks to Botulism

Insidious threats continue to plague the global cosmetic bazaar

May 22, 2023
A photo of surgeons performing liposuction on a patient.
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