Several cases of rabies in cattle, including dairy and beef animals, have been reported this year.
When news surfaces about cattle with rabies, media outlets and the urban public might treat it as a humorous event, with images of a vicious, slobbering cow running amuck on the farm.
While rabies remains one of the most threatening zoonotic diseases worldwide, vaccination has greatly reduced the incidence of infection among pets, livestock and even wildlife.
A K-State veterinarian discusses how common the viral disease can be in the cow herd.
Texas Department of State Health Services advises visitors of the cattle barn during the show, held Feb. 11-14, that they may need to be assessed for rabies exposure.
The USDA’s ORV program is designed to control rabies in wildlife such as raccoons and skunks.
APHIS’ Wildlife Services and its cooperators will begin distributing baits on or about August 2 across rural areas by airplanes and in suburban or urban areas by helicopters, vehicles and bait stations.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75% of emerging infectious diseases of people are zoonotic.