MU professor seeks treatment for disease that has killed local cattle

6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Sunday, November 26 2017 Nov 26, 2017 Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:53:00 PM CST November 26, 2017 in News
By: Sydney Olsen, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA -Some mid-Missouri beef producers have lost cattle to a disease spread by ticks and now an MU research team will be looking into how to prevent it.

"It can be very severe, sometimes even fatal," said MU professor Bill Stich.

The disease is bovine anaplasmosis and it causes anemia.

Stich said the disease is caused by a bacteria that infects the red blood cells in cattle.

"Ticks are the actual host for the organism," Stich said.  

Stich works with a team of graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. He recently received a $460,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research anaplasmosis. 

Sally Thomas, a local beef producer from Centralia, said she lost a few cattle from anaplasmosis last year. She said the cows that become infected started to look very sick.

"They will be by themselves. They will get thin," she said. "It is a blood-borne disease so it affects their red blood cells, so they actually will become very aggressive."

Thomas said the symptoms make it very difficult to treat the cattle. Thomas said there are some things producers can do to help prevent the disease, such as changing needles frequently when vaccinating cattle or spraying for bugs.

"It seems to affect older cows more frequently, just because they may have a lower immune system," she said.

Anaplasmosis can be costly to producers. Stich said it is difficult to measure the economic impact because there has not been a recent thorough study. Thomas said the disease can be very expensive for producers, and it is an important disease to be studying.

"Anaplasmosis actually has a huge economic impact on producers because it does affect their bottom line," Thomas said. "The cows can also abort their babies or their fetuses because of the stress associated with it, so if we could prevent it or if they could find a cure for the disease it would be a great benefit to cattle producers."

Stich said, "It will take at least three years before we meet the current objectives."

He said the end goal, after finding new preventative measures, is to form a new product to treat cattle.

More News

Grid
List
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Outside a sprawling mall in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, young single men and women walk... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 6:21:17 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - One softball player is setting her team up for success before she leaves for college. On Saturday,... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 4:54:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The discussion on community policing continues to ripple through Columbia after a citywide meeting Saturday. The City... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating the shooting death of a man near a house in... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 3:12:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant by its owner... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:47:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The wife of a former University of Missouri football coach is helping her husband remember the details... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:18:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Reaching all generations was the goal of one Columbia woman on Saturday. Cheryl Miller is the president... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:03:00 PM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - Two teenage boys suffered serious injuries in an ATV accident Friday night, according to the Missouri State... More >>
11 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:34:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national gathering in St. Louis in September will focus on election security. Missouri... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:54:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
FULTON - The city of Fulton kicked off their annual Street Festival in style Friday with live music, a carnival,... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, June 23 2018 Jun 23, 2018 Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:23:00 AM CDT June 23, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 30-year-old inmate was charged Friday with capital murder in the shooting deaths of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 8:41:21 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE - People will see a few more cars drive through town this weekend, as the city celebrates its annual... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 5:41:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
BOONVILLE – Police said a technician at a local gas station found an internal skimmer device inside a gas pump... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:49:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Fulton man could face more than 200 years in prison after being found guilty of 12... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 4:01:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. House passed the 2018 farm bill, formally known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:49:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
FULTON - Despite rainfall these past two days, statistics show most of Missouri is dryer than usual. Data released... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:37:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
HUNTSVILLE – The sentencing phase of the trial for a convicted murderer began Friday. Jeffrey Nichols was convicted Thursday... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Graduate students at the University of Missouri celebrated Thursday after they were officially considered employees, but the celebration... More >>
1 day ago Friday, June 22 2018 Jun 22, 2018 Friday, June 22, 2018 2:32:00 PM CDT June 22, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 80°
9pm 75°
10pm 73°
11pm 72°
12am 70°