DEADLY RABBIT DISEASE CONFIRMED ON ORCAS ISLAND
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed a case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) in a domestic rabbit on Orcas Island. RHD is a viral disease that causes sudden death in rabbits and can be spread through contact with infected rabbits, their meat or their fur, or materials coming in contact with them.
On July 9, the Washington State Veterinarian's Office received a report of a dead domestic pet rabbit from a veterinarian clinic on Orcas Island. The veterinarian and the owner suspected possible RHD and contacted the State Veterinarian’s Office. The remains of the dead rabbit were sent to state and federal animal disease labs for testing. On July 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the disease.
FFAR Awards Inaugural Vet Fellowship to Ten Students
The AAVMC is collaborating with the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) on a new program designed to develop new generations of veterinary medical scientists interested in research careers in global food security and sustainable animal production.
The Veterinary Student Research Fellowships to Address Global Challenges in Food and Agriculture (FFAR Vet Fellows) program creates experiences and funding opportunities for veterinary students to pursue research related to compelling challenges in agriculture and animal production.
MAP protein may aid battle against Johne's disease
A team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists is investigating a new “ingredient” for use in vaccinating cattle against Johne’s disease, a chronic wasting affliction that costs the U.S. dairy industry more than $200 million per year.
WSU breaks ground on new $1.2 million Elk hoof disease research facility on campus
Construction is now underway at the site of WSU’s future elk hoof disease research facility. Demolition of an existing structure on the Pullman campus will make way for the new $1.2 million facility.
Pullman Radio News
WSU begins elk hoof disease research facility construction
Construction began this week on the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine’s elk hoof disease research facility.
Demolition of an existing structure on the Pullman campus will make way for the construction of the facility, estimated to cost $1.2 million when complete and to take up to a year to construct. The state of the art facility will house captive elk needed to study the disease in a secure, controlled environment.
Amid genomic data explosion, scientists find proliferating errors
Washington State University researchers found a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data as they conducted a large-scale analysis of protein sequences.
Troubling Number of Errors Found in Publicly Available Genomic Data
A recent large-scale analysis of protein sequences conducted at Washington State University revealed a troubling number of errors in publicly available genomic data.
The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, has important implications for future genomic research.
WSU Looking Into New Cases Of Elk Hoof Disease
Washington State University is researching Elk Hoof Disease and trying to determine not only why it’s spreading across the Northwest, but if the livestock industry needs to be concerned. After hunters recently spotted elk with the disease in the Olympic Peninsula, near Olympic National Park, that marks positive cases reported in southeast, southwest and now northwest Washington, as well as Oregon and Idaho.
Washington Ag Network
Scientists search for answers to hoof disease
Across the state, elk are limping from elk hoof disease. Many of them even die from it. WSU researchers are now trying to determine the cause.
WSU discovery could aid in battle of debilitative and deadly inflammation
Most, if not all, infections and diseases in animals and people are met with some level of the body’s own inflammatory response. Sometimes this inflammatory response crosses a line from being protective and useful to becoming debilitative or even deadly.
Scientist Tasked with Finding Hoof Rot Facts
Dr. Margaret Wild faces a tall task. She heads up efforts at Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine to find answers behind the mysterious elk hoof disease. Once limited to western Washington, there are now cases reported in eastern Washington as well as northern Oregon and western Idaho.
RMEF Elk Network
As cases of elk hoof disease spread, WSU veterinarians leading research efforts
As elk hoof disease cases continue to spread, now crossing the Cascades with a case being found recently in Eastern Washington and Western Idaho, veterinarians at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are gearing up for additional extensive research efforts.
Chytrid’s frog-killing toll has been tallied — and it’s bad
A skin fungus that has plagued frogs and toads worldwide now holds the title of being the world’s worst invasive killer, displacing cats and rodents.
WSU tops nation in USDA research funding
Washington State University received more USDA research and development funding than any other university for the second year in a row.
The Silence of the Frogs
In the mid-1990s, investigators identified a mysterious and seemingly unstoppable killer. Its name? Chytrid. Its prey? Frogs. Since then, the disease has ravaged frog populations worldwide, and despite decades of research there’s still no cure.
Crippling elk hoof disease still spreading in Washington
Four elk with elk hoof disease were identified in recent months in northwest Washington -- where the disease had not previously been detected.
Elk Hoof disease continues spread in Washington
Four elk with elk hoof disease were detected in recent months in northwest Washington in areas where the disease had previously not been detected.
Elk hoof disease creeps farther east in Washington
A case of elk hoof disease has been discovered in Washington’s Blue Mountains, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The detection marks the crippling ailment’s farthest eastward expansion in the Evergreen State and follows a recent positive test result even farther east, in Idaho. Two weeks ago, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game disclosed the disease was found in an elk killed last fall by a hunter near White Bird.
The Lewiston Tribune
Elk hoof disease confirmed in Washington’s Blue Mountains
A mysterious and crippling disease has made its way to Washington’s Blue Mountains.
On Jan. 17 a hunter shot a cow elk in the Pikes Peak area of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla County. The hunter noticed that the hooves of the animal were deformed. So he submitted the hooves to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.