State Orders Destruction of Cattle in Rabies Case

US - Agriculture Commissioner Gus R. Douglass has ordered the destruction of all cattle remaining at a Hampshire County farm where several animals tested positive for rabies.
calendar icon 3 April 2008
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Douglass said he decided to have the 84 heifers killed after several began showing symptoms of rabies and more tests came back positive for the disease.

The commissioner said today he issued the order to protect other livestock and human health.

"This one is extremely sensitive and serious,'' he said. "There's just no way that we can permit these animals to get into commerce.''

Rabies is an infectious virus that attacks the nervous system and is usually fatal without treatment. Six people who had worked with the infected cattle are being treated for the disease as a precaution, although none showed symptoms.

Source: Charleston Gazette
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