The Strongest Signal That Americans Should Worry About Flu This Winter

The Atlantic

Sometime in the spring of 2020, after centuries, perhaps millennia, of tumultuous coexistence with humans, influenza abruptly went dark. Around the globe, documented cases of the viral infection completely cratered as the world tried to counteract SARS-CoV-2. Now, as the weather once again chills in this hemisphere and the winter holidays loom, experts are nervously looking ahead.

Dr. Helen Chu, associate professor of medicine and adjunct associate professor of global health at UW, is quoted.

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First recorded case of monkeypox spreading from humans to pets


There’s been at least one report of a person with monkeypox who may have passed the virus to a dog. Now, University of Washington scientists want to know how big a threat this is for pets in the Puget Sound region.

Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.

Will Your Dog Get Dementia? A Large New Study Offers Clues.

The New York Times

The risk of canine cognitive dysfunction, a.k.a. “doggy dementia,” is far greater in dogs who don’t get enough exercise, researchers found. Their risk factors echo some in humans, whose homes they share.

Annette Fitzpatrick, research professor of epidemiology, of family medicine and of global health at the UW, is quoted.

Why Is Extreme Heat So Deadly?


Heat is the deadliest weather-related hazard in the U.S. Over the last 10 years, it’s killed an average of 135 people per year. That’s more than floods, hurricanes or tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.

Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is interviewed on NPR’s 1A podcast.