Latest Livestock diseases News

EEE detected in Massachusetts for the first time this year

Jul. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials say the potentially fatal eastern equine encephalitis virus has been detected in the state for the first time this year. The Department of Public Health said Wednesday that EEE was detected in mosquito samples collected Monday in Easton and New Bedford....

New Mexico warns of blister-causing livestock virus

Jul. 17, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are warning horse owners to take precautions to keep their animals from contracting a virus that causes blister-like sores on the mouths of infected animals. The state livestock board says vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed in Valencia, Sandoval,...

Colorado confirms more than 2 dozen cases of animal virus

Jul. 16, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials are asking ranchers to report sick animals after a disease that primarily affects horses and cattle has been confirmed in the state. The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed more than two dozen cases of the vesicular stomatitis virus as of last week. Department...

Wyoming warns livestock owners to watch for spreading virus

Jul. 10, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming is warning livestock owners in the state to be on the lookout for an animal virus spreading in other states. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that the Vesicular Stomatitis Indiana serotype has recently been found in horses in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. Wyoming State...

Chinese official: Pig fever outbreak 'complicated and grim'

Jul. 4, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The death toll from a disease outbreak in China's pig herds that has pushed up global pork prices has risen to 1.2 million animals, but its spread has "significantly slowed," a deputy agriculture minister said Thursday. Authorities are stepping up efforts to contain African swine fever but...

New Mexico horses test positive for virus; under quarantine

Jun. 27, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say two horses in New Mexico have tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis Virus. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say the Sandoval County property were the horses were located has been placed under quarantine. New Mexico is the second state to report...

Millions of pigs culled as swine fever spreads through Asia

Jun. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Millions of pigs have been culled in China and Vietnam as a U.N. food agency urges Asian governments to make containing virulent African swine fever their top priority. With an announcement by the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization that infections have spread to Laos, some...

Asian nations scramble to contain pig disease outbreaks

Jun. 20, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some governments fear has gone out of control. Smaller outbreaks have...

North Korea says it's fighting swine fever with quarantine

Jun. 11, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday it is actively fighting the spread of the highly contagious African swine fever weeks after it reported an outbreak near its border with China. The North's official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said workers around the country were proceeding with "airtight"...

Seoul: NKorea ignores calls for joint African swine efforts

Jun. 5, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday North Korea has so far ignored its calls for joint efforts to stem the spread of highly contagious African swine fever following an outbreak near North Korea's border with China. South Korea's agricultural ministry said that blood tests of pigs from some...