State Warns Against of Cattle Disease
Tom Agnew, of Oconomowoc, takes his cow, Gidget, to compete in the fall yearling and milk competition during the World Dairy Expo at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Dairy is the focus this week as farmers and others in agriculture gather in Madison for the World Dairy Expo. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, Amber Arnold) ORG XMIT: WIMAW101Photo: Image by Amber Arnold
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Agriculture officials are warning farmers to watch for signs of a cattle disease that can cause fever and lameness after two cases were found in Wisconsin.
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, is unlikely to kill cattle. But its symptoms include fever, ulcers in the mouth, a swollen tongue, excessive salivation, and lameness or stiffness when walking.
DATCP spokeswoman Raechelle Cline said Friday that samples from two infected animals were submitted for tests in September. A rapid test done by a state lab identified the disease, and tests for confirmation are pending at a federal lab.
This is the first year that EHD in cattle has been reported in Wisconsin. The disease does not infect humans.