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Flu shows up early; vaccines the best defense
October 21, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

flu-shot-halloween-200PULLMAN, WASH. – As Ebola continues to make headlines and warm autumn weather dominates much of the Northwest, flu isn’t on most people’s radar. But it should be.

WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material
August 26, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

h1n1PULLMAN, Wash. – Five years ago this month, one of the first U.S. outbreaks of the H1N1 virus swept through the Washington State University campus, striking some 2,000 people. A WSU math and biology professor has used a trove of data gathered at the time to gain insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community.

China’s surging bird flu – bring in the veterinarians
February 10, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Palmer-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The new bird influenza spreading in China underscores the need for strong ties between veterinarians and human-health specialists, said Guy Palmer, director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University.

Through Oct. 4: Flu vaccine outreaches held at the CUB
October 1, 2013

Vaccination-80pPULLMAN, Wash. – Health & Wellness Services will provide flu vaccines to students, faculty/staff and members of the WSU community at outreaches scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 4, at the CUB. The vaccine will not be given to those who are pregnant or under age 18.

Health and Wellness reports sharp decline in cases
September 17, 2009

PULLMAN – Staff members at Health and Wellness Services on the WSU campus have seen a sharp decline in recent days in the number of students complaining of influenza-like symptoms.

The clinic had contact with 29 students complaining of influenza symptoms Wednesday (10 phone conversations with a nurse, nine patients who chose to self-care after talking with a nurse in the clinic and 10 patients who saw a physician), and 33 on Tuesday.

Since last Friday, the clinic has been contacted by 190 students, fewer than were in contact with the clinic on the busiest day at the height of the outbreak two … » More …

Flu cases multipy as testing equipment is delivered
May 7, 2009


A (H1N1) Cases as of 8 a.m. May 7

896 confirmed cases in 41 states



General safety measures


*  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw the used tissue in the trash.


Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners should also be used between hand-washings.


*  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.


*  Try to … » More …

Nine cases of swine flu confirmed in Washington state
May 5, 2009



U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection

(As of May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM ET)


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Preparing to monitor swine flu outbreak
April 28, 2009

PULLMAN — A vital part of the mission of WSU’s School for Global Animal Health is to conduct heightened surveillance for diseases that occur at the interface of humans and animals. As a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, Washington’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has prepared for heightened surveillance and testing during the current outbreak of swine influenza.


“Our laboratory is ready to conduct heightened surveillance for the human H1N1, the so-called swine flu virus, if it occurs in animals,” said Terry McElwain a professor in the  School for Global Animal Heath and executive director of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. “As part … » More …