Public Health

An evolving animal health emergency

More than 52 million birds in the U.S. have been affected by an outbreak of avian influenza. Researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine are supporting Pennsylvania’s diagnostic work and launching new investigations to better understand the virus.

Katherine Unger Baillie



In the News


Lancaster Farming

Coryza, an avian influenza lookalike, lingers in Lancaster

Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine outlines the symptoms and signs of infectious coryza, an avian influenza lookalike.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Why we keep falling for fad diets that don’t work

In a Q&A, Janet Chrzan of the School of Nursing and the School of Arts & Sciences discusses the cultural and anthropological research behind her recently co-authored book, “Anxious Eaters: Why We Fall for Fad Diets.”

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WESA Radio (Pittsburgh)

Fighting blight by fixing up homes could bring down Philly gun violence, new study shows

A co-authored Penn study found that restoring the areas around abandoned houses can lead to a drop in neighborhood gun crime.

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National Geographic

COVID-19 is more widespread in animals than we thought

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that many mammalian ACE-2 receptors are proving susceptible to COVID, even if they aren’t a perfect match.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Fighting blight by fixing up homes could bring down Philly gun violence, new study shows

A study by Eugenia South of the Perelman School of Medicine and John MacDonald of the School of Arts & Sciences and colleagues finds that restoring the areas around abandoned houses can lead to a drop in neighborhood gun crime.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

New COVID variant drives increase in Pa. and N.J. infections

Frederic Bushman of the Perelman School of Medicine says that the new XBB.1.5 COVID variant is more immune-evasive and is sharply increasing in Pennsylvania as a proportion of all infections.

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