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Dr. Aguilar-Carreno Studies One of the World’s Most Deadly Viruses

Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno
When it premiered in September 2011, the Hollywood movie Contagion showed the fear, devastation, and social chaos caused by a fast-spreading, airborne virus for which there is no cure. While the pandemic in the film is fictional, the newly emerging disease—Nipah virus—is not. “Nipah is the most deadly virus in the Paramyxoviridae family,” said Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno, assistant professor and one of the newest scientists in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. “There is about a 40–75 percent death rate in humans from encephalitis within 9 to 14 days after exposure to the virus," he said. Watch Dr. Aguilar-Carreno in his lab.
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WSU Economists Study Family Economic Health in East Africa

Tom Marsh and Jon Yoder
with Maasai on the
Simanjiro Plains,
If cattle are your primary asset, losing one to disease can affect your entire family. For the Maasai in East Africa, disease such as East Coast fever, a leading cause of calf deaths, can impact a family’s health and children’s education. WSU Economists, Tom Marsh and Jon Yoder , are conducting a survey to learn how families make economic decisions when vaccines for cattle become more readily available. “We are looking at how interventions such as vaccines can reduce livestock losses and improve family well-being,” explains Jon Yoder, associate professor in the School of Economic Sciences, who lived in Tanzania as a child. Read more about Jon Yoder in Tanzania.
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Training Scientists Locally to Solve Problems Globally

Dr. Doug Call and
Deo Mshanga
Antibiotic resistant bacteria are a major threat to human and animal health—and the problem is global. This past fall Deogratius Mshanga, a research scientist at the Veterinary Investigative Centre in Arusha, Tanaznia, came to the Allen School to gain hands-on experience with detecting antimicrobial resistance in bacteria. Dr. Doug Call , professor in the Allen School, is training scientists like Dr. Mshanga to better understand antimicrobial resistance and recognize the genetic mechanisms involved. Dr. Mstanga will then take this knowledge back to local research communities to help scientists study why antibiotic resistance occurs, how it spreads, and how to control it.
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