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Raising livestock is one of the main sources of income and livelihood for many people who live in rural or agricultural areas. But due to certain diseases, many of these animals die. Here are some of the most common diseases that cows, cattle, and sheep can suffer from. 

Mastitis is the inflammation of the mammary gland which is a major endemic disease of dairy cattle. It usually occurs as an immune response to bacterial invasion of the teat canal by a variety of bacterial sources present on the farm.  This can also occur as a result of chemical, mechanical, or thermal injury to the cow's udder. You can detect mastitis in cows by examining the udder inflammation.

Blackleg is a disease of young cattle which is fatal. The disease is caused by a bacterium called Clostridium chauvoei. These bacteria can enter your cattle through consumption and are able to penetrate into the body through small holes in the digestive tract. 

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Aka bangs disease brucellosis cattle or infectious abortion is a disease caused by bacteria called Brucella abortus. Milk from infected cows may contain harmful bacteria and can present a human because it is a bacterium that causes undulant fever in humans.

Mad Cow Disease is caused when unusual proteins occur in cow's brain, spinal cord, small intestine, and even in their blood. It is believed that the disease could enter the cattle when the cattle were able to eat products made from other animals that have mad cow disease. 

Knowing the symptoms of some diseases of animals will greatly help you prevent the outspread of the disease. Once you know that your animal has a disease, immediately ask for help from your veterinarian.

 

What Are Common Livestock Diseases?