Anaplasmosis

By Barry Whitworth

Recently, Kansas State University held a symposium on anaplasmosis to talk about the disease. The summer of 2015 was a bad year for anaplasmosis in Kansas. According to Ram Raghavan, Ph.D. professor from Kansas State University, the state not only had more cases last year but cases were found in previously unaffected areas.

According to some people, Oklahoma did not fare any better. Many farmers and ranchers had trouble dealing with the disease. As the summer approaches, ranchers need to get their control measures in place.

Anaplasmosis is caused by a micro-organism that infects red blood cells. The rickettsial gram negative bacteria, Anaplasma marginale, resides in ticks and ruminants both domestic and wild. Although sheep and goats may have anaplasmosis infections, the disease is primarily a problem in cattle. The disease occurs in several regions of the world. It has been found in every state in the United States except for Alaska and Hawaii.

How do cattle get anaplasmosis? Learn more in the July issue of OKFR!