WI Officials Warning Of Cattle Infected By EHD

Friday, October 4th, 2013 at 6:55 am

Animal health officials are urging Wisconsin cattle farmers to take preventive measures against a disease recently confirmed in cattle in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is reporting two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, have been confirmed in state cattle.

EHD is commonly transmitted by biting midges and black flies. The disease primarily affects deer but also can infect cattle.

The report by the Associated Press adds that until there’s a hard freeze that kills the midges and flies, EHD will remain a threat to cattle. Farmers are instructed to use insect control to eliminate midges and flies.

EHD in cattle is rare, but signs include fever, ulcers in the mouth and gums, and lameness or stiffness when walking.

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