McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi. The diseases can be spread from one person to another, directly or indirectly, through fluid exchange or exposure to vectors, or from the environment.

Public Health Ontario (PHO)


Videos about malaria

These videos provide information about malaria, an infectious disease caused by mosquito bites and tiny parasites that get into and multiply in the bloodstream.

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Lyme disease

Videos about Lyme Disease

These videos present information about Lyme disease, an infectious disease transmitted to humans by a bite from an infected black-legged or deer tick

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C. Difficile Infection: A Hospital Acquired Disease?

Video about C. difficile infection (CDI)

This video looks at the causes of C. difficile infection (CDI), how it spreads, what are its symptoms, why it is an important issue and how is it treated or mitigated.

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Ebola Virus

Video about Ebola virus

These videos present information about the Ebola virus.

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Daria, Teresa and Neglected Tropical Diseases: Dengue and Typhoid

Video about dengue and typhoid

Tune in to watch the adventures of Daria and Teresa as they acquire dengue and typhoid fevers!

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An Overview of Rabies

Overview video about rabies

This video presents an animation that describes what the rabies virus is, how you can get rabies, symptoms, treatment options, statistics and incidence of infection.

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What is Rabies?

Video about rabies

This video explains why rabies is a serious infection, how it affects our body and what countermeasures can be used to fight it.

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How Do I even BEGIN to Explain Herpes?

Video about herpes simplex virus

Everyone has an idea of what herpes is, but not everyone understands how it is transmitted. This video looks at how the herpes simplex virus is transmitted from one individual to another.

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Dangers of Emergent Superbugs

Video about emergent superbugs

This video looks into emergent superbugs that are a threat to global health as well as antibiotic resistance and its impact on society.

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The Good, the Bad and the Superbug

Videos about rise of antibiotic resistance and superbugs

In this video Dr. Gerry Wright, a specialist in antibiotic resistance, is interviewed about the rise of antibiotic resistance and superbugs.

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Taking on Superbugs: A New Broom Sweeps Clean

Videos about taking on superbugs

These two videos describes bacterial infection, antibiotic drug resistance, antibacterial drug discovery and the future of antibiotic therapies.

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What is Shingles?

Video about shingles

This video provides an overview of shingles (Herpes Zoster), and the process in which it occurs in the body.

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Zika Virus: Should We Be Concerned?

Video about history of Zika Virus

This video examines the history of the Zika Virus, how it is transmitted, signs and symptoms and preventative measures.

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Zika Virus: Explained

Video that explains Zika Virus

This video explains which areas of the world are more susceptible to the Zika Virus, the mechanisms for infection, symptoms and treatment.

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Does Cold Weather Actually Make You Sick?

Overview video about cold weather affecting sickness

This video analyzes research to debunk the common myth that cold weather can make you sick.

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Challenge of West Nile Virus

Video about challenge of West Nile Virus

This video reviews the epidemiology of West Nile Virus, the clinical manifestations and management strategy, the host response to West Nile virus and current research strategies to target West Nile Virus infections.

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West Nile Virus: Misconceptions

Video about West Nile Virus

This video discusses general information about transmission, history, risk factors and prevention of the West Nile Virus.

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Crohn's Disease

Videos about Crohn's Disease

These videos explore Crohn's disease — a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that usually affects the lower part of the small bowel and the colon.

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Video about HIV/AIDS

This series of videos provide information about HIV/AIDS, treatments and aging with HIV.

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