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September 18, 1975

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85, NO. 38 September 18, 1975 Serving the Rural Area Sinee 1890 II With more than 20 reported cases of anaplasmosis area cattlemen are keeping a close eye on their stock to Prevent further animal deaths, thanks in large part to the efforts of Oklahoma State University extension work. Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease ~eattle. It destroys the red blood cells in :he animals and broke out in Payne ~0unty two weeks ago. Dick Cupit, a local cafe and meat owner, reported last week that he lost 10 percent of his herd to the lisease. He has had the remaining Irtimals vaccinated. Relief may be in sight for cattlemen in area when the first frost comes. The transmitters of the disease are which would be killed by a Still there were a "few more cases" last weekencl. Blood tests over a seven-year period in show that nearly 10 percent of cattle contract anaplasmosis. Of these, 30 to 50 percent die from the ~'b0sease, unless vaccinated. The cattle at live through the disease lose weight, rt calves and recover more slowly the disease from dehorning saws, castrating knives, vaccinating and bleeding needles, tattoo tools and ear knotchers. Credited with finding the vaccine against the disease were three OSU veterinary medicine researchers---W.E. Brock, I.O. Kliewer and C.C. Pearson. The vaccine, however, is not always a panacea to curbing anaplasmosis. This is because the vaccination of sick animals is a waste of money and vaccine. Also vaccination cannot control an acute outbreak of the diseasE, it takes two months for cattle to build up a resistance to the disease after receiving the vaccine. Dr. John Doyle, local vet, has been treating some animals in this area and can be contacted if cattlemen note their animals showing anaplasmosis symp- toms. The symptoms are hidden during the four to six week incubation period. Included in the symptoms are: the animal becomes weak and lags behind the herd; goes off feed and refuses to drink water; the skin becomes pale around its eyes, muzzle, lips and teats. Later the animal may show constipa- tion, excitement, rapid weight loss and a yellow-tinged skin. If you have further questions about anaplasmosis, feel free to drop by The Journal where the bulletin on the disease will be available at the front desk tbr your reading. Either that or call a vet to confirm your suspicions if you notice the signs of the disease in your cattle. - - But Enjoyed by Hundreds - - While several hundred people took part in and enjoyed Perkins Old Settlers Day last Saturday, there was disappointment in the event expressed by many local citizens. Mayor DeWayne Moser, co-ordinator of the doings, vocalized local sentiment when he noted that the "biggest fault was no who participated in this year's event. He noted that County Commissioner Bob White and local groceryman Delmar Niles donated the prize money for youngsters who won the various footraces and contests. "The school )rovided class booths, the cakewalk, etc. The 20 CENTS Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma 74059,