infectious diseases

  • Girl Catches Rare Bone Infection From Kitten

    Girl Catches Rare Bone Infection From Kitten

    A teen girl’s kitten turned out to cause much more trouble than usual. In a new case report this month, doctors in Portugal describe how the cat likely transmitted an usually mild germ that caused the girl to develop a serious and rare bone infection. Thankfully, once the infection was identified and treated, the girl…


  • What Ever Happened to Mad Cow?

    What Ever Happened to Mad Cow?

    One of the most existentially frightening illnesses ever to be discovered was mad cow disease, a fatal prion-spread illness that appeared in animals in the 1980s and killed over 200 people during the height of the outbreak in the late 1990s. You don’t hear much about mad cow today, but the threat still looms. Here’s…


  • Dogs in America Are Coming Down With a Mysterious Illness

    Dogs in America Are Coming Down With a Mysterious Illness

    Veterinarians are working to figure out the cause behind a cluster of respiratory illnesses in dogs across the U.S. Over 200 suspected cases have been documented since late summer, mostly from Oregon. The illness appears to have a low fatality rate, but dogs have experienced prolonged symptoms and haven’t responded well to antibiotics. The Oregon…


  • A Lot of Pet Owners (Wrongly) Think Vaccines Are Bad for Dogs

    A Lot of Pet Owners (Wrongly) Think Vaccines Are Bad for Dogs

    The anti-vaccination movement is going to the dogs. Recent survey data has suggested that a substantial proportion of American dog owners have doubts about their pets’ vaccines, including the rabies shot. Rabies is almost always fatal if not treated promptly, and routine canine vaccination has helped make pet and human cases of the viral disease…