Are We Hurting Penguins We are Trying to Help?

We all know that climate change is destroying the habitat of many animals, such as the penguins of Antarctica, but what if that wasn’t the only damage humans were causing to penguin populations? Sadly, according to a report done by CNN, scientists have new evidence to suggest that humans have managed to spread bacteria that … More Are We Hurting Penguins We are Trying to Help?

West Nile Virus and Counter-Measures in PA

Until 1999 and 2000 West Nile Virus (WNV) was absent from North America and Pennsylvania respectively.  Since its discovery within the Keystone State, public policy has been enacted by the state government to mitigate the spread of this potentially fatal but usually benign parasite.  Upon establishing in its host, the single-stranded RNA virus causes West … More West Nile Virus and Counter-Measures in PA

Rwanda and their fight against HPV

Low- to middle-income countries usually have had the hardest time when it comes to healthcare and treating prevalent diseases within the population. Rwanda, however, is rising as a role-model for other countries and the fight against human papillomavirus (HPV). Rwanda is now being regarded as the first country to potentially completely eradicate HPV from the … More Rwanda and their fight against HPV

The Myth of CWD

Chronic Wasting Disease, CWD, affects cervids such as deer, reindeer, elk, and moose. It’s transmitted through bodily fluids like saliva, blood, and urine but is also transmissible in the womb from mother to child or from contaminated dead animals. Deer infected with this disease are often referred to as “zombie deer” since they can become … More The Myth of CWD

Brief History of a Virus that Quickly Made its Way to the U.S.

West Nile Virus, or WNV, has the potential to kill humans simply through the bite of a mosquito. WNV can infect horses and humans, and eventually can cause West Nile fever. About 20% of individuals infected with West Nile Virus will eventually have West Nile Fever. This terrifying disease can cause fever, headache, body aches, … More Brief History of a Virus that Quickly Made its Way to the U.S.