Although most activities around the area have shut down, a brucellosis vaccination clinic set for April 21 is still scheduled to take place on April 21.
Vaccinators are still working but they will take precautions not to have contact with each other.
Brucellosis is a reproductive disease in cattle that is caused by a bacterial infection in the reproductive tract of cattle. Brucellosis can lead to abortion of fetus in infected cattle.
After abortion, the bacterium is very prevalent in the aborted fetus, placental fluid and placental membrane. This can lead to spread of the disease to other cattle or susceptible cattle can become infected through direct contact with an infected animal.
Once infected, a cow will likely carry the disease for life. Most cows only abort once but may have small or weak calves for the rest of their lives.
This disease is particularly dangerous because it is transmissible to humans. It is referred to as undulant fever and can cause flu-like symptoms in people. Arkansas is considered to be free of Brucellosis, but state law still requires that all replacement heifers receive the free vaccine when they are between four and twelve months of age.
If you have heifers between four and 12 months of age and are planning to keep them, you should have them vaccinated against Brucellosis (also called Bangs). The Logan County Extension offices, along with the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, will be offering free Bangs vaccinations on Tuesday, April 21.
Heifers four to 12 months of age may be vaccinated. Producers wishing to participate in this free clinic should contact the Logan County Extension office at 963-2360 or 675-2787. You can also email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to register your heifers for vaccination is no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17.
This service is provided by the Logan County Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Arkansas Poultry and Livestock Commission.