America’s cattle herds are now threatened by a tick-borne epidemic of bovine “yellow fever” that kills huge numbers of adult cattle and can spread to humans if not treated.
The China trade war and floods have devastated agricultural interests across the America’s Midwest this year. But a few days of sun last week allowed corn farmers to plant 19 percent more acres, bringing their total to 68 percent of plan, and soybeans farmers planted 11 percent more acres, bring their total to 30 percent of plan.
But the good news was submarined by reports from the Centers for Disease Control of a widespread epidemic of bovine anaplasmosis, commonly referred to as “yellow fever.”
According to the Hindawi Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases, bovine anaplasmosis is endemic in Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands. It has now been reported in every state within the United States.
Caused by parasitic tick bites and unsterilized vaccinations needles, “yellow fever” caused major losses for U.S. beef-producers in the 1960s and 1970s. Cattle losses over the last decade have averaged $100 million a year due to anemia, fever, weight loss, jaundice, uncoordinated movements, spontaneous abortion, and death in adult cattle.
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