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EHD confirmed in Wisconsin cattle

Cows eating hay on a Midwest dairy farm. (Reuters)
Cows eating hay on a Midwest dairy farm. (Reuters)

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)   A rare deer disease has infected some farm cattle in Wisconsin.

State agriculture officials have confirmed two cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD. The disease is normally transmitted by black-flies and midges. State veterinarian Paul McGraw says it will continue to be a threat to cattle until there's a hard freeze that kills the insects.

In the meantime McGraw urges farmers to use insect control to keep the biting bugs away. Signs of EHD infection include fever, mouth and gum ulcers, stiffness, and lameness. EHD is more common in deer, but even that's rare. About this time a year ago, a small number of dead deer tested positive for the disease in at least eight southern Wisconsin counties. Those were the first cases in the Badger State since 2002, and a dozen other states reported E-H-D at the same time.

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