Tag Archives: Viral disease

Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads to Caribbean and US

Mosquito-Borne Virus Spreads to Caribbean and US

Chikungunya, a debilitating, mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever and potentially long-term joint pain, has long troubled Africa and Asia, but it is now rapidly spreading to other parts of the globe. It was first detected in the Caribbean in December, and there have since been nearly 5,000 confirmed cases and more than 160,000 suspected cases in the region. There have also been 57 infections reported in the US this year, and though all were thus far acquired outside the US, experts believe it is only a matter of time before it spreads throughout the Americas. More… Discuss

In the News: Rinderpest, Second Disease Ever to Be Eradicated

Rinderpest, Second Disease Ever to Be Eradicated

For the second time in history, a disease has been entirely eradicated. The first was smallpox in 1980. Now, according to the UN, the world is officially free of rinderpest, also known as cattle plague, a highly contagious viral disease that kills ruminants within days of infection. Because many societies are dependent on cattle, this disease has helped shape the course of human history. Indeed, it is said to have sped the fall of the Roman Empire, contributed to the discontent leading up to the French Revolution, and paved the way for the colonization of Africa. More… Discuss