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Cattle Farmers Should Take Precautions

(10/13/12-Tony Hart) Amid widespread reports of dead deer being found in Wisconsin and neighboring states, animal health officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) are urging cattle farmers to take preventative measures to keep their herds healthy.

According to State Veterinarian, Dr. Robert Ehlenfeldt, Signs of the virus EHD in cattle, though rare, include fever, ulcers in the mouth and gums, swollen tongue, excessive salivation, and lameness or stiffness when walking. Ehlenfeldt recommends cattle farmers use insect control as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of having cattle that become infected. Eight Wisconsin counties have confirmed cases of the EHD, which can kill an infected deer within seven days.

 

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