Pathogens Ways livestock agriculture may increase pathogens in the environment –Indirect effects on water –Direct contamination in water Drinking Irrigation.

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  • Pathogens Ways livestock agriculture may increase pathogens in the environment Indirect effects on water Direct contamination in water Drinking Irrigation Antibiotic resistance in microorganisms Direct contamination in air
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  • Indirect effects on pathogens in water Effect Blooms of toxic algae Excess N Pfiesteria piscidida Toxins or P (Red tides in marine Contact causes environments) confusion, memory loss and gastrointestinal problems Cyanobacteria Toxins (called blue-green algae Can kill livestock in fresh water) Control Reduction of N and P excretion and losses during storage and application
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  • Direct pathogen contamination of water Major microorganisms of concern Effects (Particularly severe in very young, elderly, or individuals with compromised immunity) Protozoa Cryptosporidium parvum Severe diarrhea, vomiting Giardia fatigue, dehydration Bacteria E. Coli O157:H7 Bloody diarrhea, dehydration, kidney failure Viruses Bovine rotavirusDiarrhea Bovine coronavirus Number of cases US Outbreaks (1989-96) Drinking water Recreational water Surface Ground Natural Pool Cryptosporidium parvum 4 4 2 11 Giardia 12 6 4 5 E. Coli O157:H7 0 3 7 1
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  • Reasons for problems these organisms The organisms or their reproductive forms are shed by infected animals in large numbers The organisms survive and remain infectious in the environment for long periods Some are resistant to water treatment E. Coli O157:H7 can multiply outside the host if adequate nutrition Low dose needed for infection Wide range of animal hosts Other potentially harmful bacteria in the environment Campylobacter Listeria monocytogenes Salmonella Mycobacterium paratuberculosis Causes Johnes Disease Association with Crohns disease in humans
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  • Risk is largely unknown Most studies on water quality have demonstrated that poor manure management increases fecal coliforms in water supplies Relationship between fecal coliforms and pathogens has not been established Difficult to separate contamination from humans, domestic animals and wild animals
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  • Pathogenic organisms Cryptosporidium parvum Life cycle (1 8 days) Oocysts consumed by host animal (Contain 4 sporozoites) Sporozoites released in intestine Sporozoites invade intestinal cells and reproduce in cells New sporozoites invade new cells Oocysts released in feces Damage intestinal cells Severe diarrhea Oocysts in 39 to 87% of US surface waters
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  • Hosts Species Humans Domestic livestock (Cattle, sheep, goats, swine, horses) Companion animals (Dogs, cats) Wildlife (Mice, Raccoons) Age Calves 50% of calves shed oocysts between 1-3 weeks Few shed in cattle > 6 months Swine Shed oocysts during nursing and weanling stages Foals Shed oocysts up to 19 weeks Sheep Adult ewes will shed oocysts around lambing
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  • Viability characteristics Resistant to most public water treatments Very susceptible to drying 2 hours of dryness is lethal Very susceptible to high temperatures >100 o F Susceptible to freezing temperatures Freezing for 10 days reduced viability by 90% Susceptible to pH>9.0 Public water treatment plants often treat water to pH 12.0 Oocysts remain in upper soil unless transported to ground water with macropore flow
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  • Giardia Life cycle (7-9 days) Cysts ingested (Contain trophozoites) Trophozoites attach to Severe upper small intestine diarrhea Produce cysts Cysts released Cysts release more in feces trophozoites Cysts are present in most surface waters Hosts Species All mammals, some birds, reptiles, and amphibians Age Occurs at all ages, but most common in animals that are less than 6 months Viability characteristics Similar to Cryptosporidium No evidence of human infection from domestic livestock
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  • Escherichia Coli O157:H7 A potentially deadly bacteria Causes bloody disease, dehydration and kidney failure Particularly hazardous to young, elderly, and compromised immune systems Infection can occur with as few as 10 cells Life cycle E. Coli O157 is consumed from water troughs or moist rations Can survive in water trough for 4 months E. Coli only present in cattle for 1 to 2 months More frequent in cattle fed high grain diets Feeding forage at the end of finishing will decrease numbers Role of distillers grains??? More common in summer than winter More frequent in cattle that are 3 18 months old than mature cows More frequent in large herds Excreted in feces as viable bacteria Capable of multiplying in the environment Dependent on nutrients Usually decrease over time
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  • Viability E. Coli O157:H7 are killed by chlorine, high temperature, drying, aerobic storage At this time, few cases of direct human infection through water Contamination of spinach believed to occur from irrigation water with a feedlot mile away E. Coli may be transported by flow, adhesion of soil particles or motility.
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  • Factors affecting extent of pathogen problem Size of loading dose Percentage of herd infected Frequency on manure addition to storage Amount of dilution Length of storage Manure treatment Anerobic > Aerobic > Compost Storage characteristics Aerobic/anerobic Drying Temperature Freeze/thaw pH Nutrients Inhibitors Form of organisms excreted Cysts or oocysts > vegetative forms Routes of pathogen contamination Run-off from bare lots Direct deposit in pastures or lots Run-off from manure application
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  • Vegetation on land application Tall forage reduces run-off Prevents microorganisms from reaching water sources Tall forage provides shade and moisture Increases survivability Soil of land application area Organic or clay soils trap protozoa and bacteria E. Coli can move rapidly through saturated soils or soils with macropores
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  • Control of pathogen transport from livestock units Prevent import of pathogen onto farm Feed feedstuffs not contaminated with feces from rodents or other livestock Prevent infestation of rodents or other wild or domestic animals in feed storage areas Purchase feeds from sources that prevent fecal contamination of feedstuffs Provide water sources with low risk of pathogen contamination Keep livestock out of streams and ponds Provide alternate water sources Divert precipitation run-off from livestock facilities Purchase livestock from sources with good health management Avoid purchases from sales barns Separate and quarantine new animals Avoid transport of manure onto farm Have visitors wear plastic boots Thoroughly clean tires on vehicles
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  • Prevent amplification and proliferation of organisms on farm Frequent cleaning and drying of housing units Particularly maternity areas Use separate implements for feeding and cleaning Frequent cleaning of equipment Tires and blades Provide feed and water free of fecal contamination from livestock, pets, rodents, wildlife, and humans No feeding of wasted adult feed to young livestock Segregate calves by age Prevent contact of calves < 3 months with older cattle Prevent run-off from entering or leaving areas housing young animals Limiting pathogen proliferation during manure storage Store manure from animals less than 6 months separate from mature animals and spread on non-hydrologically sensitive areas If calf manure cant be stored in area that restricts leaching or run-off, mix it with manure from mature cattle and apply by Best Management Practices (Dilutes organisms) Composting at 140 o F will kill most pathogenic organisms and cysts
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  • Prevention of pathogen contamination by manure application Application methods Incorporation into the soil Particularly effective during wet weather Reduces risk of contamination of water sources by: Adsorption of organisms to soil particles Filtration of organisms Attack by predator organisms Freeze-thaw activity Surface application Effective in dry weather Reduces risk by: Drying UV light Hydrologic considerations Avoid manure application in major water flow paths Should consider: Soil permeability Slope steepness Flood plains Flow paths
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  • Grassland manure application considerations Manure should be stored for at least 60 days Manure should be applied at least 30 days before grazing Grass should be short when manure is applied Pastures fertilized with manure should only be grazed by mature animals Preventing export of pathogens from farm Control run-off from livestock facilities Particularly facilities housing young animals Place cow winter feeding areas away from streams Utilize buffer strips Grass strips lining sides of streams or ponds Width > 4.5 m from field with manure application > 10 20 m from animal feeding operations Effective as part of a group of Best Management Practices Should not be relied on as only practice Proper grazing management Use of rotational grazing More uniform distribution of manure Avoid over-grazing Limit or prevent access of water bodies to animals
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  • Release of antibiotic resistant microorganisms into the environment Numerous antibiotics fed at subtherapeutic levels to promote growth and feed efficiency Chlortetracycline, Oxytetracycline, Penicillin, Bacitracin, Tylosin Actions Prevent subclinical disease Increases nutrient absorption Improves metabolic processes Increases rate of protein synthesis Problem Selection of organisms that are resistant to antibiotics Concern for penicillin, tetracyclines, and erythromycin Organisms released from non-sealed lagoons and from surface-applied manure
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  • Recommend Proper use of antibiotics Dont use antibiotics as a substitute for good management Rotate antibiotics used on operation Proper manure storage No run-off or leakage Proper manure application Minimize run-off
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  • Direct contamination of the air Endotoxin Lipopolysaccharide component of the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria Problem in confinements, not in outside environment Health effects on works in confinement buildings Cough Chest tightness Headache Fever Flu-like symptoms Control dust control measures


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