TEXAS — Fever ticks have invaded seven counties in Texas and have become a big problem for cattle farmers.

According to the Bovine Veterinarian Texas and USDA officials are taking steps to prevent further spread of cattle fever ticks in southeastern Texas.

Cattle fever is an often fatal disease of cattle transmitted by cattle fever ticks. The ticks carry the protozoa Babesia bovis or B. Bigemina. It attacks and destroys red blood cells, causing acute anemia, high fever and enlargement of the spleen and liver, ultimately resulting in death for naive cattle.

They plan to feed deer Ivermectin Corn to reduce cattle tick populations on white-tailed deer. Three steps are expected to take place: graze cattle on federal properties, strategic treatment of wildlife and reduce wildlife densities in problem areas.

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