Bacterial and Viral Diseases

How to get the most up-to-date News on Google

  • Looking for a current story about your VIRUS or BACTERIA? The easiest way to do this is to go to GOOGLE.

  • Plug in your Search Term (the name of the virus or bacteria).

  • Click NEWS.

  • Go to Tools

  • Click on Recent to get the most up to the news (Past Week, Past Month?)

  • Click on Sorted by Relevance and change to Sorted by Date, so that the most recent news comes to the top.

  • You will get a list of up-to-date stories - find a good one . Remember, if you summarize or quote the article also make sure to name your source, with date etc.


General Bacteria Sites

Infectious Diseases - facts from The Public Health Agency of Canada

Comprehensive site of both bacterial and viral disease. Scroll down to find the virus you are researching (e.g. Hepatitus)

World Health Organisation

Fact sheets

Center for Disease Control

Microbe World

Medline Plus

Genomes Pages - Bacteria

Healthline - Bacteria

Bacteria Museum

Kids Health

Web MD

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Patient. Co.UK

Specific Diseases

Bacteria Name /Primary Diseases in Humans

Bacillus anthracis


Bacteroides species


Bordetella pertussis

whooping cough

Borrelia burgdorferi

Lyme disease


campylobacter enteritis

Chlamydia species

psittacosis; trachoma; lymphogranuloma venereum; conjunctivitis; respiratory infection

Clostridium species

botulism; tetanus; gangrene

Corynebacterium diphtheriae


Escherichia coli

gastroenteritis; urinary tract infection; neonatal meningitis

Gardnerella species

vaginitis; vulvitis


meningitis; bacteremia; pneumonia

Helicobacter pylori

peptic ulcer



Legionella species

Legionnaire disease; Pontiac fever

Moraxella lacunta



tuberculosis; leprosy


fatal pneumonia

Neisseria gonorrhoeae

gonorrhea; gonococcal conjunctivitis

Pasteurella species



nosocomial infections (infections acquired in a hospital setting); gastroenteritis; dermatitis;bacteremia; pericondritis (ear disease)

Rickettsia species

Rocky Mountain spotted fever; boutonneuse fever; typhus; trench fever; scrub typhus

Salmonella species

salmonellosis (e.g., food poisoning or typhoid fever)

Shigella species

shigellosis (dysentery)


wound infection; boils; food poisoning; mastitis


rheumatic fever; impetigo; scarlet fever; puerperal fever; strep throat; necrotizing fasciitis

Treponema pallidum


Vibrio cholerae


Yersinia enterocolitica


Yersinia pestis



General Virus Sites

Infectious Diseases - facts from The Public Health Agency of Canada

Comprehensive site of both bacterial and viral disease. Scroll down to find the virus you are researching (e.g. Hepatitus)

The Big Picture Book of Viruses

Alphabetical list of viral diseases

Virus World

This site features images of human, animal, and plant viruses, created from X-ray and Cryo-electron microscopy (CryoEM) data. Includes movies, magazine and book covers, posters, and postcards. Images can be browsed by individual virus name, but not by virus family. Also includes triangulation numbers, topographical maps, and other virus structure information. From the Institute for Molecular Virology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

World Health Organisation

Fact sheets

Center for Disease Control

Specific Virus Sites

Pandemic Influenza

Public Health Agency of Canada

Key Facts about Influenza and the Influenza Vaccine

From the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus

Presents information concerning West Nile virus in Washington state, including general information about the mosquito-borne virus, and reference materials and links on topics such as pesticide regulations, controlling mosquitoes at home, preventing mosquito bites, West Nile virus and horses, and mosquito curriculum materials for youth. From theWashington State University Cooperative Extension.

ICTVdB: The Authorized Virus Database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses

The goal of this project is "to describe all viruses of animals (vertebrates, invertebrates, protozoa), plants (higher plants and algae), bacteria, fungi, and archaea from the family level down to strains and isolates." Information on the history and source of each virus, its taxonomy and properties, and an image are provided. The database is searchable by keyword and browsable alphabetically. Links to other virus databases. Developed and maintained at the Biosphere 2 Center, Columbia University.

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

Fact sheets about Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), "a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates." Includes a history of outbreaks (predominantly in African countries) and information for travelers and health professionals about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and related matters. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever

Background information about this "rare viral disease that occurs primarily in countries in East and Central Africa." Provides information for medical professionals, businesses, and travelers (particularly to Angola, site of a 2004-2005 outbreak of the disease). From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Special Pathogens Branch.

NINDS Shingles Information Page

Fact sheet on shingles (herpes zoster), "an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin that is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox -- the varicella-zoster virus." Describes symptoms, treatment, prognosis, and research. Includes links to websites of related organizations. From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

1918 Influenza Pandemic

"In 1918, a highly virulent form of the influenza virus [known as the 'Spanish Flu'] killed at least 20 million people worldwide." This site features information about an October 2005 report that scientists in the U.S. reconstructed the 1918 flu virus. Includes links to related articles, some of which are only available to subscribers. From Nature magazine.

In Depth: Bird Flu

News stories and background information about avian influenza (bird flu), including the H5N1 strain that is causing concern in 2005. Discusses impacted countries, pandemic flu in the past (such as "the Spanish flu virus that swept the world in 1918-19"), actions to fight the virus, and related information. Provides photos, charts, and video and audio clips. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

New Dog Flu Spreads in U.S., But Death Rate Is Low

September 2005 news article about how "a new, highly contagious respiratory virus thought to affect only the greyhound racing industry is now being detected in family dogs. ... Canine flu was first discovered last year after an unusual illness began to appear at greyhound racetracks in Florida." Includes a list of "precautions to protect ... pooches from the virus." From National Geographic News.

Arboviral Encephalitides

This site provides fact sheets on the four main types of "encephalitis in the United States: eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), western equine encephalitis (WEE), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) and La Crosse (LAC) encephalitis, all of which are transmitted by mosquitoes." Also features statistics of reported cases, images of mosquitoes, and an elementary curriculum guide entitled "Neato Mosquito." From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

Cervical Cancer

Compilation of links to information about cancer of the cervix, covering diagnosis, treatment, prevention and screening, and topics related to cervical cancer (such as human papilloma virus and cervical dysplasia). Some material available in Spanish. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Viral Gastroenteritis

Answers to frequently asked questions about this ailment, which is caused by such viruses as rotaviruses, adenoviruses, caliciviruses, astroviruses, and a group of Noroviruses (including the Norwalk virus). Describes how it is spread and how it is treated. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CDC: Pocket Pets

Health advisories about pocket pets, "small animals, often rodents that are kept as pets and could fit in your pocket." Discusses Salmonella and lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), both of which can be transmitted from animals to humans. Includes prevention measures and considerations when choosing a pocket pet. From the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Polio Eradication

News, background information, and other resources relating to the eradication of this paralysis-causing infectious disease "caused by a virus ... [that] can strike at any age, but affects mainly children under three." Includes fact sheets, vaccine information, polio status data, and strategic documents and status reports on efforts to eliminate polio in countries such as Nigeria and Afghanistan. From the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, a joint effort of groups including the World Health Organization (WHO).

MedlinePlus: Shingles

Compilation of links to publications about shingles (herpes zoster), a skin rash or blisters caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Features overviews of the diseases, news (including the shingles vaccine approved in May 2006), and websites about research, clinical trials, and specific conditions. Includes links to some material in Spanish. From theNational Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Viral Hepatitis

Site provides information on each of the five forms of the hepatitis virus: A, B, C, D, and E. Includes fact sheets, FAQs, maps, information on vaccines, recent outbreak news, and more. The Resource Center features educational materials, a glossary, and related links. Also includes online training materials. Available in English and Spanish. From the Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lassa Fever

Fact sheet on the "acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa." Provides a link to a health advisory on the death from Lassa fever of a New Jersey man in August 2004. Also includes a video on the animal-borne virus, a slide show, and links to related fact sheets. From the Special Pathogens Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Government Views of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

"This site concentrates on Government documents and [links to] information about SARS both from the United States and from international resources. Topics covered include Blood Supply, Case Definitions, Cases Reported, Countries & Governments, General Background, Healthcare Facilities, Healthcare Personnel, Laboratories, Legal Resources, Presidential Communications, Prevention & Precautions, Public Health Campaigns, Quarantine, Travel Advisories, Travel & Transport, the Virus and the World Health Organization." From Grace-Ellen McCrann of the Cohen Library, The City College of New York.

Questions and Answers About Rabies

Information about the transmission of and treatment for rabies. Topics addressed include pets, human rabies, wild animals, bats and rabies, and travel concerns. Includes links to related information. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dengue and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever

An April 2002 fact sheet on dengue, "a mosquito-borne infection which in recent years has become a major international public health concern." Provides information on prevalence, transmission, characteristics, treatment, and prevention and control. Available in English and French. From the World Health Organization (WHO).

World Health Organization Fact Sheets: Yellow Fever

World Health Organization (WHO) fact sheet on yellow fever, "a viral disease that has caused large epidemics in Africa and the Americas." Provides information about the disease and its symptoms, transmission, treatment, and prevention (including mosquito control and vaccination). Available in English and French.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis

"Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, or LCM, is a rodent-borne viral infectious disease that presents as aseptic meningitis" and related neurological diseases when transmitted to humans. The site provides basic questions and answers, prevention information, and information about the May 2005 deaths of patients who received organ transplants from a donor who may have contracted LCM from a pet hamster. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Borna Disease

Scientific site that questions that humans are affected. " Borna disease virus, a newly classified nonsegmented negative-strand RNA virus with international distribution, infects a broad range of warm-blooded animals from birds to primates."

Borna disease

Borna disease is a sporadic, transmissible, progressive neurologic disease of horses, cats, cattle, and sheep. Natural infections have been reported in other equine, rabbits, and ostriches. Borna disease virus (BDV) has been experimentally transmitted to a very wide range of species, from chickens to nonhuman primates. Evidence in recent years indicates that BDV also infects humans, where it may be associated with various neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia.


World Health Organisation: the most up-to-date authoratative information


Medline Plus.

Swine flu is an infection caused by a virus. It's named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. The virus is contagious and can spread from human to human. Symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.


BBC News

Swine flu has spread across the world since emerging in Mexico and is now officially the first flu pandemic for 40 years. Experts fear millions of people will be infected.


Center for Disease Control (USA)

Each week CDC analyzes information about influenza disease activity in the United States and publishes findings of key flu indicators in a report called FluView. During the week of September 13-19, 2009, a review of the key indictors found that influenza activity continued to increase in the United States compared to the prior weeks.


Public Health Agency of Canada

The H1N1 flu virus is a new strain of pandemic influenza which is different than the seasonal flu. People have no natural immunity to protect against this virus. The H1N1 flu virus emerged in April 2009 and surveillance of its spread shows that it is affecting more young and healthy people than the regular seasonal flu, which normally affects seniors and young children. People with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women may be at a greater risk for severe illness.