Brucellosis suspect cow in Sublette County

Cali O'Hare file photo

SUBLETTE COUNTY — The Wyoming State Veterinarian has been notified by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) that blood from one cow has “suspect”  results to tests for Brucellosis. Additional testing was performed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The suspect cow is located in Sublette County.

Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that causes abortion in cattle, elk, and bison and can cause serious illness in humans in the form of undulant fever.

“Further diagnostic testing will be completed following necropsy of the suspect cow at the Wyoming State Diagnostic Lab,” said Dr. Hallie Hasel, Wyoming state veterinarian. “Producer compliance with our brucellosis mitigation rules has resulted in early detection of brucellosis cases, minimizing spread of the disease.”

It may take several weeks or longer to complete the diagnostic workup.

The Wyoming Livestock Board is working with USDA APHIS and the herd owner to complete a whole herd brucellosis test. An epidemiologic investigation has been initiated.

For further information, please contact the Wyoming Livestock Board at 307-777-7515, Wyoming State Veterinarian Dr. Hallie Hasel at 307-840-1389 or the Wyoming Assistant State Field Veterinarian Dr. Teckla Webb, at 307-286-1447.

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