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Ask The Vet
Mon Aug 19, 2013 01:58 PM CDT

Question: I had a cow die, and my vet thinks it was anaplaz. I have never heard of this and neither has anyone else I've asked. What can you tell me about this disease?

Answer: I don't know what area of the country you are in, but anaplaz, or anaplasmosis, is a common disease in many parts of the country, especially the Gulf Coast. And it seems to be expanding.

This is caused by a small blood parasite that can destroy red blood cells, causing anemia and, in time, death. It's ...

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