Who names diseases?
Swine Flu, Naples Soldier, Ebola. Disease names express fear, create stigma and distract attention. Can they be improved?
The Black Death
At least one in three Europeans and untold millions in Asia died. What was the source of this brutal, lethal efficiency?
Boatload of swine
Rafting the Grand Canyon seemed the perfect wilderness escape until we found we’d brought a deadly virus with us
The calculus of contagion
In the battle against disease, the difference between a raging epidemic and a passing fever comes down to a single number
How plagues really work
The next pandemic will erupt, not from the jungle, but from the disease factories of hospitals, refugee camps and cities
A second hurricane is battering New Orleans, this time it is an HIV catastrophe whipped up by prejudice and poverty
The great allies of infectious diseases are no longer poverty, nor dirt, but the global anti-vaccination movement
HIV of the mind
HIV is preventable, yet it’s still with us. Is it time for all, gay and straight, to stop framing sex as a lethal weapon?
We assume that microbes evolved to attack humans when actually we are just civilian casualties in a much older war