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3003 ADBF, WSU

P.O. BOX 646630

PULLMAN, WA  99164-6630







The research program of the Animal Disease Research Unit (ADRU) is to solve basic and applied problems concerning persistent infectious diseases of domestic animals, especially diseases that affect international trade. Current research responsibilities include scrapie of sheep (and the related spongiform encephalopathies including chronic wasting disease of mule deer and elk, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy), small ruminant lentiviruses (ovine progressive pneumonia virus and caprine arthritis encephalitis virus), malignant catarrhal fever virus (a gamma-herpesvirus of cattle, sheep and certain exotic ungulates), bovine and ovine anaplasmosis (a rickettsial infection of red blood cells), Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium of cattle and other small ruminants which causes disease of the central nervous system and is a food safety concern and bovine and equine babesiosis (a tick-borne protozoan infection of cattle and horses). Integrated within our research mission is defining protective bovine and equine immune responses. The Unit's research focus concerning these diseases is to solve problems related to domestic animal health and international trade issues. Our unit works closely with APHIS concerning research needs impacting trade issues. The ultimate goal is recommendations for management, and control.


Stephen White

Acting Research Leader