WSU Receives Large Grant To Track Zoonotic Viruses Like Bird Flu

Washington State University has received a large grant to identify and track respiratory pathogens in the Northwest that could spread between humans and livestock.

The 1.5 million dollar grant is for WSU’s Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.  The funds are from the federal government’s CDC and the Washington Department of Health.

The money will allow the lab to expand its surveillance of bird flu and other zoonotic diseases like SARS.  Bird flu recently jumped from birds into dairy cattle.

The larger mission of the work is to detect viruses of pandemic potential and use that information to take corrective actions to prevent the next pandemic according to a WSU press release.