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Published: Jan 31, 2011
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200 Dead Cows Solved: Moldy Sweet Potatoes Can Kill
by Staff

A toxin from moldy sweet potatoes, which were a part of the animals' feed on a Wisconsin farm, are to blame for the death of 200 cows.

The Wausau Daily Herald reports that the cattle's feed was sent for testing after 200 cows died on a farm field in Stockton last Friday, likely from widespread pneumonia, and the lab results revealed last week that a mycotoxin commonly occurring in moldy sweet potatoes, ipomeanol, was found to have triggered the pneumonia that caused the deaths.

Portage County sheriff's deputies were notified of the dead cows last Friday, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. At the time of the discovery, the owner of the cattle told deputies he had been working with a veterinarian and suspected the animals died of either infectious bovine rhinotracheitis or bovine virus diarrhea.

According to AOLNews, the moldy sweet potatoes are not a threat to humans, as they were only found in the cattle feed.

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