Nearly a quarter of the 200 buffalo in Kansas' Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, located 50 miles north of Wichita, have died of Mycoplasma bovis. Refuge manager Cliff Peterson tells the Wichita Eagle he's aware of two other infected buffalo herds in the state. Half of one herd and a third of the other have died, the article reports.
Kansas State University DVM Larry Hollis says Mycoplasma bovis infections are rare in native Kansas cattle herds. He advises cattlemen to ensure they have a double fence between buffalo herds and cattle herds, as bacteria is spread by sneeze droplets or nose-to-nose contact.