Emergency euthanization of cattle challenged with Escherichia coli O157:H7 - A case study for a response to an infectious disease outbreak.

Gilroyed, B.H., Reuter, T.R., Kastelic, J.P., and McAllister, T.A. (2013). "Emergency euthanization of cattle challenged with Escherichia coli O157:H7 - A case study for a response to an infectious disease outbreak.", Journal of Veterinary Science, 14(1), pp. 103-106. doi : 10.4142/jvs.2013.14.1.103  Access to full text

Abstract

In the event of an infectious disease outbreak in cattle, carcasses must be disposed of in a rapid and contained manner. This brief communication details injection of a barbiturate to euthanize cattle inoculated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 followed by carcass composting in a manner that prevents the spread of infectious agents.

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