Monday, January 31, 2011

Mystery of 200 Dead Cows in Wisconsin "Solved"

Dead CowsHugh Collins - Authorities investigating the deaths of 200 cows in Wisconsin have come up with an unlikely culprit: the sweet potato.

The cows were found dead in a Stockton pasture two weeks ago. Locals were left scratching their heads about what caused the mass die-off.

Investigators from the University of Wisconsin have determined that the animals were killed by a poison found in spoiled sweet potatoes that were part of the cattle's feed.

"It is likely that a mycotoxin from moldy sweet potato was a major factor in the disease and deaths of these steers," said Peter Vanderloo, associate director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

There's been a spate of mass animal deaths in recent weeks, from fish in Maryland and Arkansas to birds in Louisiana and South Dakota.

The farmer who owned the cows had thought they might have fallen victim to disease such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis, according to The Wisconsin Rapids Tribune. Vanderloo and his team ruled that out.

"None of the major respiratory pathogens of cattle were identified in the samples provided to the lab," said Vanderloo.

He also explained that the toxic sweet potatoes were not in the human food supply chain, so there was no threat to people. ...

via Mystery of 200 Dead Cows in Wisconsin Solved.

Travis Walter Donovan - 200 cows were found dead Friday on a farm in Portage County, Wisconsin. The dead cows had to be removed with semi-trucks. The rest of the farm has not been quarantined, as officials say no threat is posed toward humans or other animals, according the The AP.

The owner of the dead cows was working with a local veterinarian, who initially believed a virus such as infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) or bovine virus diarrhea (BVD) could be the culprit, according to The Wausau Daily Herald. WSAW News reports that more recent updates have suggested pneumonia as the cause of the mass cow deaths, though such widespread cases of pneumonia are rare. Tests are still underway to determine what is responsible. See WSAW's full video report here.

Though likely unrelated, many other incidents of mass animal deaths have been reported in the U.S. and around the world in the past month.  ...- via HuffingtonPost

Is that "Solved" or "given a reason to be ignored"? Let's hope the sweet potato answer is right, because otherwise that UFO spotted emitting a death ray that killed fish has now been tuned to kill large mammals. How long do we have?


Mirlen101 said...

Jesus ! Does that mean that we are at risk when we cut off a moldy area on a sweet potato and eat the rest ! ? A lot of potatoes have moldy spots !

Ann said...

How long do we have? 690 days, give or take a few.

Mirlen101 said...

I'll procrastinate until the last week or so ;-) Then I'll gather together a bunch of junk food , cigerettes and any other vice I can think of and watch the show ! ;-)