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Published December 19, 2011, 12:00 AM

Treated ear tags help fight virus in sheep

North Dakota sheep producers can now use insecticide-treated cattle ear tags to protect their animals from a serious mosquito-borne disease.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK — North Dakota sheep producers can now use insecticide-treated cattle ear tags to protect their animals from a serious mosquito-borne disease.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has given a special registration to Y-TEX Corp. that allows sheep producers to use the PYthon insecticide cattle ear tags to better control mosquitos that carry the Cache Valley virus.

Goehring said there were virus outbreaks across the state last year. He said the virus can cause abortions, stillbirths, and weak and abnormal lambs. No effective treatments or vaccines are available.

Producers who use the cattle ear tags on sheep must follow certain rules.

Representatives for the defendants were not immediately available for comment.

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