bacterial diseases

  • Leprosy in Medieval England Probably Came From Red Squirrels

    Leprosy in Medieval England Probably Came From Red Squirrels

    Medieval residents of Winchester, England, probably got their leprosy from red squirrels in the area, according to a team of archaeologists and geneticists that studied remains from two archaeological sites in the city. Leprosy—officially Hansen’s disease—is a highly contagious disease that can cause nerve damage, paralysis, and blindness if not treated, according to the Centers…


  • So, What’s Going On With Leprosy in Florida?

    So, What’s Going On With Leprosy in Florida?

    Doctors in Florida are sounding caution about one of the world’s oldest known ailments, leprosy. In a recent report, they detail a local case of the bacterial disease with no recent travel history or other clear risk factors. The case and others suggest that leprosy is spreading routinely in Central Florida and has become endemic…


  • A Mystery Outbreak of Salmonella Has Sickened People in 25 U.S. States

    A Mystery Outbreak of Salmonella Has Sickened People in 25 U.S. States

    A sweeping outbreak of Salmonella bacteria has sickened people in at least 25 states, health officials with the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have reported. So far, though, the exact source of the foodborne illness remains a mystery, and officials are asking for people with a suspected stomach flu to report it to…