Disease

Microbial Hitchhikers
8:10 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Study: ‘Microbial Hitchhikers’ Ride The Wind From Asia To Northwest

Microbiologist David J. Smith stands atop Mt. Bachelor. Not visible are several thousand species of airborne microbes that he discovered travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Credit Photo courtesy University of Washington

Researchers have discovered something they didn’t expect in the air above an Oregon mountain: hundreds of tiny organisms from Asia. The study suggests the atmosphere is filled with life capable of traveling long distances. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Elk Hoof Disease
6:50 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Unexplained Hoof Disease Spreads Quickly in Southwest Washington Elk

Biologists are asking for help gathering clues about a hoof disease affecting elk in southwest Washington. They say the disease is severe and spreading quickly. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix has the story.

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West Nile Case
7:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon Reports One Horse Infected With West Nile Virus

Mosquitos, like this one, are the major transmitter of West Nile Virus.
Photo by Jim Gathany Wikimedia Commons

A horse in Klamath County has tested positive for West Nile virus. It’s the first reported case in a mammal in Oregon this year. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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West Nile Virus In Oregon
5:31 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Third Oregon County Detects Presence Of West Nile

Health officials in Morrow County say they've detected West Nile Virus in mosquitoes trapped at county two test sites. That makes Morrow the third Oregon county this year to detect the presence of the virus.

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Potato Disease
5:54 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Detection Of ‘Zebra Chip’ Disease Makes NW Spud Growers Uneasy

Tubers infected with zebra chip disease show dark, stripelike symptoms in the tissue.
Photo courtesy USDA

A recent discovery in an Idaho potato field has Northwest spud growers worried. Researchers this week reported that insects from the Twin Falls area tested positive for bacteria that cause “zebra chip disease.”

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Water Pollution
6:39 am
Mon July 2, 2012

High Bacteria Levels in WA Waters, Not Found In OR, ID

Environmental regulators have detected high levels of fecal coliform in one of the Northwest's most important areas for growing food. Reporting for EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Salmon Virus
7:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Deadly Virus Makes First Appearance in Washington Salmon Farm

A deadly virus that prompted salmon farmers in British Columbia to kill 560,000 fish has shown up for the first time in Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Meningitis Death
6:11 am
Tue May 15, 2012

University of Oregon Student Dies of Meningitis

Health officials say it's unlikely those who had casual contact with a University of Oregon student who died Friday are at risk of contracting bacterial meningitis. The disease is believed to have caused the death of 21-year old Lillian Pagenstecher. KLCC's Rachael McDonald reports.

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Whooping Cough
6:22 am
Mon May 7, 2012

CDC to Investigate Wash. Whooping Cough Epidemic

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has sent two epidemiologists to Washington State. The investigators will try to find out what’s causing the state’s rapid rise of whooping cough cases. We get more from Ruby de Luna.

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Ovarian Disease
6:43 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Study: Chemicals In Great-Grandma’s Life May Promote Disease In You

The chance of a woman getting ovarian disease may be tied to the toxic chemicals her great-grandmother was exposed to. That’s according to a new study by researchers at Washington State University. As Jessica Robinson reports, the study could help explain the role of environmental factors in inherited diseases.

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