Trenches—long, deep ditches dug as protective defenses—are most often associated with World War I, and the results of trench warfare in that conflict were hellish indeed.
Scientists now believe the plague spread too fast for rats to be the culprits.
The mysterious epidemic that devastated Aztecs may have been food poisoning.
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After a mysterious illness killed dozens of American Legion members, public health officials launched the largest medical investigation in history to find out why.
Scientists discovered the common pathogen Helicobacter pylori inside the stomach of Ötzi, the 5,300-year-old “Iceman” whose naturally mummified body turned up in the Alps in 1991.
Take a look back at the history of the pernicious disease.
British researchers report that a 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA.
Check out 10 surprising facts about one of history’s most famous infectious disease carriers.
A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit.