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Want fries with that? Stealth potato virus threatens industry
July 13, 2016

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – The next time you sink your teeth into a hot, crispy french fry, consider the threats that stand between you and this iconic food. Newly emerged viruses threaten the U.S. potato industry, including potatoes grown in Washington.

WSU lab confirms bluetongue virus killing deer, livestock
September 30, 2015

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory located in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine has confirmed bluetongue virus (BTV) in 42 animals submitted from Washington and Idaho this fall.

Saving fish, amphibians, reptiles from pandemic
June 29, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

turtlePULLMAN, Wash. – Jesse Brunner did a double take as he surveyed a pond in southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley. It was home to endangered tiger salamanders and, over the course of one week, every salamander Brunner could find was sick or dying.

$350,000 donation supports dahlia virus research at WSU
September 24, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

dahlia-Marcella-LouisePULLMAN, Wash. – A $350,000 donation from an avid dahlia grower will support Washington State University research into viruses that afflict the ornamental flower crop.

An unlikely collaboration harms potato crop
September 22, 2014

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Pappu-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have discovered that a common potato virus and a fungus-like pathogen can work together to damage the crop.

Researchers uncover secrets of destructive plant virus
December 19, 2013

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Pappu,-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University professor and a colleague from Australia have deciphered the inner workings of one of the world’s most destructive crop viruses.

Burglary-ring-like mechanism found in lethal Nipah virus
December 12, 2013

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

HectorAguilar-Carreno-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A team of scientists from Washington State University has discovered how one of the planet’s most deadly known viruses employs burglary-ring-like teamwork to infiltrate the human cell.

First influenza of season diagnosed
January 11, 2008

PULLMAN – Influenza has arrived again at WSU. A patient at Health and Wellness Services today tested positive for influenza A, cconfirmed case in the clinic for the current flu season.

“There is a misperception that if you haven’t gotten sick by now, then you’re safe from the flu,” said Marsha Turnbull, health education administrator at HWS. “In reality it isn’t uncommon to see flu season in Pullman begin in January and continue through spring.”

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Beagle worm hits WSU hardest in ongoing virus contest
March 3, 2004

Starting late last Friday, Feb.27, a contest between the writers of the e-mail worms Beagle, Bagle, MyDoom and NetSky has produced many mutant worm variations. Washington State University has been most impacted by the Beagle.I worm.The Beagle.I worm poses a new problem for antivirus programs. The e-mail contains a randomly named executable file (i.e., .exe file) inside a .zip file. The embedded .exe file is password-protected with a random password and thus is not checked by antivirus programs and can be delivered to your mailbox. This worm also attempts to spread across file-sharing programssuch as Kazaa.Many computer systems around the world, including some at WSU, … » More …