BLACK DEATH WARNING: Killer disease 'lurks in SOIL waiting to spread'
THE Black Death lurks in soil waiting to spread pestilence, a new study warned.
Plague bacteria take refuge in amoebae
Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic plague, can survive within the ubiquitous soil protozoan, the amoeba, by producing proteins that protect against the latter microbe's digestion, report scientists.
Grad student pursues infectious diseases solutions
“The Innovators event highlighted how WSU’s research in Africa impacts health in the U.S.,” said Sylvia Omulo, a WSU doctoral graduate (participating in commencement in May) and a Innovators panelist.
He Learned About Science By Rubbing Calves' Ears
When Dr. Thumbi Mwangi was a child growing up in Kenya, his father would send him out to care for the calves. East Coast fever was infecting cattle. If the cattle were infected with the protozoan, it could be deadly.
Vaccinating Increases Family Wealth, Girls' Education
A Washington State University-led research team found households in rural Africa that vaccinate their cattle for East Coast fever increased their income and spent the additional money on food and education.
Africa honors young scientist for infectious disease work.
The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) this week recognized Washington State University’s Thumbi Mwangi as one of 22 early career scientists selected to be affiliates through 2021.
Rabies Kills 189 People Every Day. Here’s Why You Never Hear About It.
Rabies almost exclusively kills people in developing countries ― which means it is not a priority disease for the West.
Toward Elimination of Dog-Mediated Human Rabies
A Rabies Elimination Demonstration Project was implemented in Tanzania from 2010 through to 2015.
Mining the microbial dark matter
Microbiologists are finding new ways to explore the vast universe of unknown microbes in the hunt for antibiotics.
WSU looks for practices to thwart antimicrobial resistance
The death last year of a woman in Reno, Nev., from an infection resistant to every type of antibiotic available in the U.S. highlights how serious the threat of antimicrobial resistance has become.
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