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Wisconsin agriculture officials warn of cattle disease

Two cases of a rare cattle disease have been found in Wisconsin.

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.



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