West Nile virus

First 2017 West Nile Virus cases confirmed from Spokane County; WSU offers resources for horse owners

By Charlie Powell, College of Veterinary  Medicine PULLMAN, Wash. – Following the announcement of the state’s first two West Nile Virus cases for 2017, Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is offering important resources for horse owners.

Bird populations suffer; regional increase expected

(Copyrighted photo from istock.com ) Drastic population declines among several common species of North American birds have been recorded since the arrival of the West Nile virus in 1999. Some of those trends are beginning to be seen in the region and may become more apparent in Washington state in the future, according to a […]

West Nile Virus lecture on Dec. 5

Washington State University Vancouver’s biology club is sponsoring a Dec. 5 lecture on the West Nile Virus, a newly emerging disease threatening both human and animal populations. WSU graduate Dr. Pamela Jen of Healing Star Veterinary Clinic will share current research on the cause, spread, symptoms and prevention of the West Nile Virus during a […]

West Nile virus arrives as WSU research progresses

Last month the Washington Department of Health announced the state’s first apparent human case of West Nile virus (WNV). The flavivirus, which can cause encephalitis in birds, horses and humans, was first identified by a veterinary pathologist at the Bronx zoo in 1999. Since then the disease has spread across the continental United States much […]

Tips on avoiding West Nile Virus offered

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver’s Department of Nursing will present a June 21 lecture to explain how people can help control the spread of West Nile Virus. The free, one-hour lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the Student Services Lecture Hall at WSU Vancouver. WSU alumna Dr. Pamela Jen of Healing Star […]