WSU begins project to detect new viruses

WSU’s Kariuki Njenga (center) and Tom Kawula (right) work with colleagues to prepare testing for MERS-COV as part of Paul G. Allen School for Global Health's ongoing international work to detect emerging infectious diseases.

Researchers at Washington State University recently began a $125 million project to help identify and prevent future pandemics with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The five-year project will collaborate with as many as 12 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to identify previously unknown pathogens with a high potential to spread from animals to humans, a phenomenon known as spillover. Scientific and institutional partners within each country will safely conduct large-scale animal surveillance programs in their own laboratories.

According to Tom Kawula, director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health at WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the goal of the project is also to develop infrastructure in each country it chooses to work with.

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