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Washington State to study hoof disease in elk

Hoof abnormalities in elk strongly associated with treponeme bacteria, which are known to cause digital dermatitis in cattle, sheep and goats.

Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine dean Bryan Slinker has convened the first Elk Hoof Disease (EHD) committee meeting as a follow-up to funded legislation that directs the university’s research engagement with respect to EHD.

“Washington taxpayers and the legislature made it clear: EHD is a priority disease issue,” Slinker said. “Together, they fully funded a research program for WSU, and from here on, it’s time to get to wor

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