Regional
5:09 pm
Fri September 3, 2010

Disease Found In Wild Pigs

Roswell – A wild hog in southern New Mexico has tested positive for a disease that can infect cattle and wildlife.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a feral hog from Eddy County tested positive for pseudorabies, a viral disease.

According to the USDA, infected cattle and sheep can first show signs of pseudorabies by scratching and biting themselves, and it can cause sudden death in dogs and cats.

The Roswell Daily Record reports a wildlife disease biologist with USDA Wildlife Services, Justin Stevenson, says about 22 feral hogs from the Eddy County area were tested over three months, and one test came back positive.

Authorities say cattle that share areas with wild pigs are at risk.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.