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Extension Forestry & Natural Resources

Wildlife & Fisheries Biology  -  Environmental & Natural Resources  -  Forest Resources

Water Quality and Cattle Diseases

Louwanda W. Jolley, Ph.D., Research Specialist and William R. English, Ph.D., Water Quality Extension Specialist

Waterborne PathogensBacteria Range Table

  • Bacteria

Fusobacterium -"foot-rot"


Clostridium - blackleg


E. coli spc. - mastitis, scours

E. Coli

Salmonella spec. - diarrhea


Listeria - circling disease


















  • Protists (Protozoa)

Cryptosporidium - diarrhea


  • Viruses


Water can serve as reservoirs for many different organisms and toxins.  The organisms can survive for extended periods of time in surface waters and sediments. Surface water supplies to which livestock have ready access are always potential sources of disease-causing organisms. Fencing cattle out of streams and farm ponds reduces opportunities for exposure.



This publication was funded in part by a United States Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act 319 Grant
through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Division of Water Quality. 


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