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Bird flu leapfrogged, Northwest to Midwest
April 29, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, WASH. – The strain of bird flu causing sickness and the culling of millions of birds in the Midwest is the same strain first detected in Washington state in December, according to a Washington State University scientist who helped identify the virus. Until then, the pathogen had never been seen in the United States.

Mathematician, researchers calculate against Ebola, cholera
April 1, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

xueying-wangPULLMAN, Wash. – A mathematician is helping scientists at Washington State University by developing equations for early detection and containment of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Cattle killer: two parasites are better than one
March 23, 2015

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PULLMAN, WASH. – When calves are infected by two parasite species at the same time, one parasite renders the other far less deadly, according to a new study published in the journal of Science Advances.

Probiotic toxin fights coldwater disease in rainbow trout
February 19, 2015

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

tail-lesion-230PULLMAN, Wash. – The rainbow trout is a work of art and diner’s delight. But when the freshwater fish falls prey to coldwater disease, its colorful body erodes into ragged wounds and ulcers. The bacterial infection can kill up to 30 percent of hatchery stock and costs millions of dollars in economic loss.

Dog disease in lions spread by multiple species
January 28, 2015

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Lions-in-Serengeti-80PULLMAN, Wash. – In natural ecosystems, a deadly virus can jump between species and thrive, thereby threatening vulnerable animal populations, according to findings of a recently published study.

 

WSU WADDL is site for latest avian influenza testing
December 19, 2014

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

henPULLMAN, Wash. – Animal disease authorities both nationally and in Washington were already on high alert when in early December a large wild duck die-off occurred in northwest Washington.

Senior earns national honor for presentation of research
December 12, 2014

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Floricel-Gonzalez-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Undergraduate researcher Floricel Gonzalez recently won a national award for oral presentation of her work about how viruses infect bacteria.

Rock Doc: How much does it hurt? Assessing animal pain
November 25, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I take my elderly mother to the emergency room, the nurse asks how much pain she is in, on a scale of 1 to 10. There is a chart with pictures of little smiley faces, neutral faces and grimacing faces to help a person – perhaps a child – determine a number. Pain management is an important part of human medicine.