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Health worker Jackie Carnegie delivers a rubella vaccine in Colorado in 1972. Ira Gay Sealy/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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Western Hemisphere Wipes Out Its Third Virus

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Rod-shaped specimens of Yersinia pestis, the bacterial cause of plague, find a happy home here in the foregut of a flea. Fleas can transmit the infection to animals and people, who can get pneumonic plague and transmit the infection through a cough or kiss. Science Source hide caption

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Small Plague Outbreak In People Tracked To Pit Bull

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Secretary of State John Kerry and African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma signed an agreement Monday to establish the first Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Africa. The U.S. will provide technical advice and a few staff for the agency. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Carmen Castro, 46, of Lima, Peru, is a survivor of MDR-TB — multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Partners In Health treated her and loaned her money to open a small store. "Because of my TB and thanks to God and Partners In Health, now I have my own business," she says. Jason Beaubien/NPR hide caption

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Grey lines connecting health care workers (marked with "+") and patients represent contacts between them. The red figures are carriers of MRSA. Obadia et al./PLOS Computational Biology hide caption

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The effects of malaria in the brain are clear: A healthy brain, right, has many grooves and crevices. But when the brain swells up, left, these crevices smooth out. Courtesy of Michigan State University hide caption

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How Malaria In The Brain Kills: Doctors Solve A Medical Mystery

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Who, me? The Asian relative of this domestic gerbil is a well-known host to the bacteria that cause plague. Valentina Storti/Flickr hide caption

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Gerbils Likely Pushed Plague To Europe in Middle Ages

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The rapid Ebola test from Corgenix Medical Corporation is small and easy to use. But because it involves blood, health workers would still need to run the test at a lab to stay safe. Courtesy of Corgenix Medical Corp. hide caption

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One form of carbapenem-resistant bacteria seen in culture. CRE bacteria are blamed for 600 deaths a year in the U.S. and can withstand treatment by virtually every kind of antibiotic. CDC hide caption

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Measles is highly contagious, and it produces fever and rash in susceptible people who become infected. Hazel Appleton/Health Protection Agency Centre/Science Source hide caption

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Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents' Will

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