WSU researching 'Contagion'-like virus


by & Ashley Korslien

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 6:48 PM

PULLMAN-- Researches at WSU are looking into just how likely we are to face a major outbreak like the one featured in a recent silver screen blockbuster.

We all know how the movies go, a flesh eating virus kills an entire city.

Researchers at WSU say the virus they are studying isn't actually that far off.

Virologist Hector Aguilar-Carreno is studying the Nipah Virus; a deadly infection that causes your brain to swell.

It might sound familiar to Contagion movie fans.

It’s believed to have originated in Fruit Bats. The Nipah Virus was discovered in Malaysia in 1999.
Outbreaks have happened almost every year since.

The virus hasnt shown up in America, but experts say, it is possible.
Researchers at WSU are hoping to find a vaccine.

Aguilar-Carreno says the movie is surprisingly reaslistic, except the part where a cure is found almost immediately.
In real life, he says, no one knows how long that could take.

Scientists have most recently located it in South America.