DSCN0738SIMULATION: A disease that swept through Cache Valley infected 267 cows and killed 165 of them. Babesiosis, also known as Redwater disease, got into the cows’ water supply through the soil and spread.

Melanie Daniels, United States Department of Agriculture representative, said proper vaccinations could have prevented the outbreak. The farmers had stopped vaccinating cattle in order to save money and thought that the disease wouldn’t be a problem.

Daniels said any cattle that have not been affected by the disease and haven’t been vaccinated need to be as soon as possible.

“At this time we’d like to issue our advice to ranchers in the area that if they do not have animals that are currently infected, now would be a good time to get vaccinations for it,” Daniels said. “This can be avoided with simple vaccinations.”

Daniels also said that there should be no concern of the disease spreading to humans through milk, beef or other cattle bi-products.

One case of Babesiosis in a human was reported Friday after he came in direct contact with the contaminated water at Cutler’s Marsh. He started to exhibit malaria-like symptoms before being hospitalized.

Anyone who has malaria-like symptoms is strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical attention.

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