Nine cases of swine flu confirmed in Washington state

    U.S. Human Cases of H1N1 Flu Infection (As of May 5, 2009, 11:00 AM ET) States # of laboratory confirmed cases Deaths Alabama 4   Arizona 17   California 49   Colorado 6   Connecticut 2   Delaware 20   Florida 5   Georgia 1   Idaho 1   Illinois 82   Indiana […]

WSU historian and pandemic expert returns to campus

Historian, author, and expert on the 1918 influenza pandemic Alfred W. Crosby, a former WSU faculty member, returns to campus after more than a 30-year hiatus to present a lecture on that deadly flu, the topic of the university’s first common reading book for freshmen. Crosby’s public presentation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. […]

Bird flu: stay informed on possible pandemic

(Photo courtesy of U. S. Department of Agriculture)  Will bird flu be the next human pandemic? In a few words, the answer is simply, “No one knows yet,” says Dr. Tim Moody, Public Health Officer, Whitman County.  That’s because the specific virus causing what we call bird flu, or avian influenza, must undergo significant, specific mutations to […]

Planning for possible pandemic under way

The threat of an influenza pandemic has health and safety officials worldwide on alert as they monitor and map cases of the newest virus (H5N1) in Southeast Asia and Europe. Ironically, WSU Pullman is experiencing a fairy-tale-like year in which (as of Jan 17) “not one case of common influenza” has been reported to Health […]