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Rabies: Disease in the shadows recognized Sunday
September 25, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News 

dogPULLMAN, WASH. – It is a disease spread by a virus that strikes mostly in faraway places. Without quick treatment, an infection delivers agonizing symptoms leading to death.

Sept. 22: Immunologist Brown to deliver honors lecture
September 12, 2014

By Peggy Perkins, WSU Honors College

Brown-80PULLMAN, Wash. — Infections transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects have plagued animals and affected humans for millennia. Washington State University Regents Professor of Immunology Wendy Brown is among the elite researchers in the world who develop life-changing vaccines needed to combat those diseases. Her work impacts the lives and livelihoods of millions world-wide.

Anthropologists aid in the Ebola epidemic
August 14, 2014

HewlettVANCOUVER, Wash. – Barry Hewlett, a medical anthropologist at Washington State University Vancouver, states that efforts to contain outbreaks such as Ebola must be “culturally sensitive and appropriate…otherwise people are running away from actual care that is intended to help them.”

Antibiotic resistant infection? Yes, you
May 13, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Antibiotic-resistance-170PULLMAN, Wash. – Let’s say you’re in a locker room after completing a workout. You grab a towel on the bench before realizing it belongs to someone else. Unknown to you, the person who just used the towel left behind some lingering Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly known as “staph.” The organism was spread to that person’s hands after rubbing an infected hair follicle on his inner thigh.

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state
May 5, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Cocci-fungus-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest.