Brucellosis Outbreak in Wyoming


The state is planning to test up to 3,000 cattle in northern Wyoming for brucellosis. The testing began Wednesday after preliminary tests indicated the disease was found in three cows in a Park County herd. State Veterinarian Jim Logan says Thursday the three cows were being offered for sale at a livestock market when they were found possibly to have brucellosis. Additional lab work is being done to confirm the initial results.

Logan says the herd the cattle came from shares a large grazing allotment with up to nine other herds. The presence of the disease within the herd — if confirmed through further testing — could result in additional testing requirements for Wyoming livestock producers and strict adherence to quarantine procedures to keep the state from losing its federal brucellosis-free status.

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can cause pregnant bison, cattle and elk to abort their fetuses.

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