Infectious Diseases

Bacterial diseases

Learn about diseases caused by bacterial infection including typhoid fever, mad cow disease, pneumonic plague and other life threatening conditions.

Viruses vs. bacteria

Bacteriophage (or 'phage' for short) therapy, is an alternative to antibiotic treatment, and has recently been gaining favour and appeal amongst western scientists.

Rare deadly disease scare grips Durban

KZN MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has moved to allay fears over diphtheria, which is a serious bacterial infection that has left one child dead in Durban.

New antibiotic may overcome superbugs

Researchers have discovered a new antibiotic that can kill serious infections without any detectable resistance, which may counteract the problem of superbugs.

Plague

Plague is caused by a bacterium, which infects wild rodents and their fleas.

Shigella

Shigella is a bacterium that causes the disease shigellosis.

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