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What Are the Causes of Black Mildew on a Holly Shrub?

Holly is a temperate-climate shrub valued for its ornamental leaves and berries. Black mildew growth on holly is a symptom of two fungal diseases that infect the foliage of the shrub. Provide proper air circulation and reduce honeydew-depositing insects to prevent infection, while fungicides can pro...More...

MRSA Infection Causes

Staphylococcus aureus causes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infections. MRSA can remain alive for days on surfaces and clothing. As its name suggests, it is resistant to the antibiotics used to treat the infection. An MRSA infection can be painful and cause permanent damage, a...More...

How to Fight a Bacterial Infection

Infections occur when the body's immunities are compromised or weakened. Knowing which type of infection you have is the key to treating it effectively.There are two main types of infections, bacterial and viral. Bacterial infections are probably the easiest to treat, but they can also be harmful if...More...

Common Bacterial Skin Infections

Several different kinds of skin infections can be caused by bacteria. Some of the most common are cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis and furuncles. Though most of them are very similar, the signs and symptoms differ....More...

Influenza: May 2006

Dr. John G. Bartlett reviews the ID literature on oseltamivir resistance, and outcomes in patients with avian influenza, H5N1, and the impact of rapid diagnosis on the management of seasonal flu....More...

What Causes Staph Infections?

Staph infections are caused by any one of the bacteria of the genus Staphylococcus. Staphylococci are perfectly round and grow in clusters. They live primarily on human skin and in the nose. Staphylococci do not usually cause serious illness unless you are already ill or have a weakened immune syste...More...

Outbreak of Human Monkeypox

Human monkeypox, a sporadic smallpox-like zoonotic viral exanthema that occurs in the rain forests of Central and West Africa, was discovered in 1970....More...