Brucellosis again in Wyoming, and, surprise, surprise, most likely from the nearby elk winter feedlot.
Brucellosis in Montana too, for the first time in a long while. it came from either elk or other cattle.
So what’s the government’s brucellosis policy directed toward? — killing thousands of bison.
Story in the Casper Star Tribune (with usual the typical scare tactics about human and other brucellosis). Tests confirm disease in cows in (WY) cows. By Chris Merrill.
One error that should be pointed out. The articles states: “Personnel at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory have confirmed that two black Angus cows from one Daniel herd were infected with what scientists call brucella abortus, a bacterium that causes animals such as bison, elk, cattle and swine to abort their fetuses, and can cause undulant fever in humans.” [boldface mine]
There are many kinds of brucellosis. Not just brucellosis abortis. Brucellosis in swine is brucellosis suis, a more dangerous disease. It is spread by feral pigs and its incidence is increasing in the United States because of spread of these non-native animals. Feral pigs, however, have a hunting constituency.
When they tell you brucellosis having been weaponized by the U.S. military back in the days of germ warfare (another scare tactic), it was suis that was weaponized.
Brucellosis suis has been discovered to persist outside of animals. Recent DNA sequencing shows it probably originated from plant pathogens Agrobacterium tumefaciens and can perhaps persist in the soil with the proper kind of plants.
You don’t get brucellosis without drinking raw milk from an infected cow, goat (yet another kind or brucellosis) or contact with raw, infected meat with cuts in your skin. Brucellosis will not kill you, but rather make you really sick.
If you get a zoonoses disease in Wyoming this summer that could kill you, think hantavirus or West Nile virus. Hantavirus claims another. Jackson Hole Star Tribune. June 17, 2008. The same is true for Montana, except they have a special and lethal tick disease unique to the Paradise Valley. Mysterious tick disease afflicts Montana
Just a few facts, Montana and Wyoming politicians won’t say so much about.
Interesting note. Limpy (wolf 253) was shot in the Daniel area at an elk feedlot.