November 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm #944MikeKeymaster
— In email@example.com, “Bridget” <bcolemanconroy8>
This as an isolated incident wouldn’t be alarming, but what we have
been seeing is an enourmous jump in viral infections that have been
showing up globally and with devistating results.
These pathogens (or spirochetes) live in mosquitos, fleas, mites,
semen, urine and spread without having a cell wall.
There is plenty of information out there, just look.
Choose your battle, that is up to you, but think carefully while you
you are still able.
Wishing you all the best,
Viral disease confirmed in Yellowstone County cattle
By SARAH COOKE
Associated Press Writer
HELENA — Cattle in Yellowstone County have tested positive for
vesicular stomatitis, a viral disease that spreads easily and has
already infected nearly two dozen horses in the county, Montana’s
state veterinarian said Thursday.
The latest case involves four cows in Laurel, Tom Linfield said.
That premises and 16 others in the Billings-Laurel area are under
quarantine, which restricts the movement of infected animals until
three weeks after the blister-like lesions caused by the disease
have healed, he said.
Although rarely fatal, vesicular stomatitis is a concern for
livestock officials because it’s contagious and the outward signs —
the lesions for example — are essentially identical to foot-and-
mouth disease, Linfield said. Lab tests are needed to distinguish
between the two.
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming also have
confirmed cases of VS this year, according to the federal Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service.
An investigation into the cause of Montana’s outbreak is continuing,
The spate of VS remains isolated enough within the state that it has
not caused widespread alarm among Montana ranchers.
Richard Harmon owns a cattle and calf operation in the Sweet Grass
Hills northeast of Shelby. He believes his cattle are relatively
safe since they’re far from the outbreak.
“We look at Yellowstone County as 300 miles away,” he
said. “(Disease outbreaks) are always a concern, but not a big one.”
Plus, he believes cooler weather will help stymie the virus’ spread.
The recent VS cases prompted North Dakota this week to require a
health certificate for cattle, sheep, bison and horses transferred
from a state affected by the disease to a North Dakota auction
market. Export of Montana horses and other susceptible livestock
into Canada is prohibited, Linfield said.
Montana and some other states also are requiring that animals from
states affected by VS have certificates of veterinary inspection
within 72 hours of import and veterinary inspections within a day if
the animals came from inside 10 miles of an infected farm or ranch,
the state Livestock Department said.
Linfield asked cattle owners moving livestock out of Montana to
contact the veterinarian’s office in their destination state well in
advance to find out what, if any, regulations are in place regarding
“It would also be beneficial to re-contact the destination state
prior to movement of the animals to make sure the requirements have
not changed,” he said.
The Bureau of Land Management closed its 380-acre Sundance Lodge
recreation area south of Laurel to horses and other livestock this
week because of the outbreak. The recreation area near the
confluence of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone and the Yellowstone
River is popular for wildlife watching, environmental education,
photography, hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The virus is believed to spread to livestock through insects, such
as the sand fly and the black fly. Once introduced, officials
believe VS moves from animal to animal by exposure to saliva or
fluid from ruptured lesions.
The first case of the disease was reported earlier this month in a
horse in the Laurel area. It was Montana’s first since 1982.
Tribune Staff Writer Keila Szpaller contributed to this report.
Originally published August 26, 2005
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