Dead Cows Wisconsin
January 19, 2011 by USA Post
Dead Cows Wisconsin, Is this the end of time? For 200 cows in Wisconsin, for sure. Adding a growing sense of unease about the animal die-offs that have welcomed the arrival of 2011, the discovery of 200 dead cows on a dairy farm in Wisconsin has caused some nervousness theologians to proclaim that the end the world may be at hand.
Although the tests are pending before a formal cause of death was pronounced, the farmer who discovered the cows has a less dramatic explanation for what killed his cattle: infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.
Surge office towers to a few facts about the disease, which, unlike the biblical prophecy, was positively identified in a number of other mass deaths of bovine
The virus is highly contagious
Spread through secretions from the eye, nose, and reproductive organs, IBR is too easily spread within a herd of cattle. Often, after the disease is contracted, its symptoms in the dormant and undetected, only to appear when the population is under stress of any kind.
The symptoms are not enough
Cows infected with IBR tend to have swollen female sexual organs and have a thick discharge around the eyes, nose and mouth. In addition, they are often seen wagging tail more often than uninfected animals. The virus has been known to cause respiratory problems, abortion and infections of the brain.
There is no safe treatment-fire
While vaccines for IBR were developed, no treatment exists to ensure the virus once it is contracted. The best way to prevent an epidemic is having a vaccinated flock. According to the University of Reading, the mortality rate of the virus “varies considerably.”
The 200 dead cows in Wisconsin were removed from the property with semi-loads to an undisclosed location for disposal. The dead cows, which seemed to be a mystery, perhaps it is. Dead cows are dying of disease.
According to Channel 7 News in Wisconsin, the 200 dead cows died of acute interstitial pneumonia. These are the results of preliminary tests on dead cows. Samples taken from dead cows were sent to Madison for more tests.
The veterinarian who attended said that cows steers began dying in early last week, with 200 deaths last Friday. The animals died 12 hours after the onset of symptoms. The cows did not respond to treatment.
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