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Bacterial & Viral Infections

Understanding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Looking for information about coronavirus (COVID-19)? Our articles and videos explain what the virus is, ways to prevent it from spreading, how to talk to kids about it, how to care for someone who is sick, and much more.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids. They're easy to treat and usually clear up in a week or so.

Warts

Many of us have had a wart somewhere on our bodies at some time. But other than being a nuisance, most warts are harmless.

West Nile Virus

The threat of West Nile virus has made getting a mosquito bite a cause for concern. What is West Nile virus, and what can you do to prevent it?

What Is Herd Immunity?

Herd immunity is when many people are immune to a contagious infection, so it's harder for that infection to spread in a community. But does it have a role in the fight against COVID-19?

What Is Powassan Virus?

Find out what the experts have to say.

When and Where to Get Medical Care

Should you head to the ER when your child is hurt or ill? What about an urgent care center? Different problems need different levels of care, and you have many options.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Pertussis is characterized by severe coughing spells that end in a whooping sound when the person breathes in. It can be prevented with the pertussis vaccine, part of the DTaP immunization.

Yersiniosis

Yersiniosis is an uncommon infection caused by the consumption of undercooked meat products, unpasteurized milk, or water contaminated by the bacteria.

Zika Virus

With so much media coverage about Zika virus, it's natural to feel worried. The virus is of most concern for pregnant women and women who may become pregnant.