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Chickenpox is a virus that causes red, itchy bumps. Find out more in this article for kids.

Fungal Infections
What do you think of when you hear the word fungus? Do you think of mushrooms? A mushroom is one type of fungus, but fungus is also a type of germ that lives on all of us.

Coping With Cold Sores
You may have had a cold sore, but what are they exactly? Find out in this article for kids.

It's sneaky, it's silent, and it can permanently harm your liver. Read this article for more information on hepatitis.

Many people don't understand how HIV and AIDS are related or what they really mean, even though they hear these two words used together all the time. Get the facts on HIV and AIDS in this article just for kids.

Cellulitis is a serious infection that can be mistaken for a bruise, scrape, or insect bite. Find out more in this article for kids.

Impetigo is a strange-sounding word that might be new to you. It's an infection of the skin caused by bacteria. Read this article to learn more about it.

Anyone can get scabies - little babies, adults, kids like you - the mites aren't picky. Read on to find out more about how to prevent these unwanted invaders!

The Woes of Whooping Cough
Kids who have whooping cough make a "whoop" sound when they cough. Find out more in this article for kids.

Bell's Palsy
Bell's palsy weakens or paralyzes one side of a person's face, but it usually goes away. Find out more in this article for kids.

E. Coli
E. coli is a common type of bacteria that can make you pretty sick. Read more in this article for kids.

Meningitis is a serious illness that affects the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Find out more in this article for kids.

Athlete's Foot
Anyone can get athlete's foot. Find out how to avoid this itchy skin condition in this article for kids.

Botulism is a rare kind of food poisoning. Find out more in this article for kids.

Lyme Disease
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Find out more about this disease and how to keep those ticks away.

You may have heard of rabies, but how do animals get it? And, more importantly, how can people and animals avoid it? Find out in this article for kids.

What's an appendix and why do they sometimes need to be removed? Find out in this article for kids.

Pneumonia is an infection in a person's lungs. Find out more in this article for kids.

It's gross to think about but did you know that tiny worm eggs could be under your fingernails? Learn more about how to protect yourself from getting wormy, squirmy pinworms.

Pinkeye is the most common eye problem kids can have. It causes redness, itching, inflammation, and pus to collect in the eyes.

The Scoop on Strep Throat
Strep throat gives you a sore throat and makes it hard to swallow. Find out more in this article for kids.

What Is an Ear Infection?
A middle ear infection happens when germs like bacteria and viruses get in your middle ear and cause trouble. Read this article to find out more.

What's West Nile Virus?
What exactly is the West Nile virus? And what do mosquitoes have to do with it? Find out in this article!

What's Mono?
Kissing is just one of the ways that someone can spread mononucleosis. Most people who get mono are between the ages of 15 and 25, but younger kids can get it, too.

What Is Anthrax?
You may have heard about anthrax in the news. But what exactly is anthrax, and should you be concerned about it? Find out all you need to know.

What Is Smallpox?
You might be wondering what smallpox is and whether you or anyone you know is at risk for getting it. Get the answers to your questions in this article.

What Makes Chickenpox Itch?
Chickenpox can make you itch like crazy. Find out why in this article for kids.

Ebola is a dangerous virus that can cause people to get very sick or even die. Find out more in this article for kids.