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Disease hits cattle for first time in state history

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- A disease that affects cattle has been discovered in Wisconsin for the first time in state history.

The Department of Agriculture says the disease is called EHD.  Symptoms include fever, ulcers in the mouth, swollenness, excessive salivation and stiffness when walking.  Cattle tend to eat less and lose weight with EHD.  Agricultural experts say two cases have tested positive so far in Wisconsin.

The first was on September 12th in Crawford County and the second was two weeks later in Lafayette County.  The disease is spread by biting black flies and midges and does not affect humans.

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