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Disease Detail

Malignant Catarrhal Fever

Malignant Catarrhal Fever is a sporadic, frequently fatal, and generalized disease of cattle, domestic buffalo and many species of wild ruminants. The disease, caused by a herpes virus has a worldwide but highly variable distribution. Malignant Catarrhal Fever is characterized by high fever, upper respiratory discharge, conjunctivitis, blisters and erosions of the mouth and respiratory tract, dehydration and death. It is difficult to control and cannot be eradicated. No vaccine is available.

Species List

  • Bovine
  • Swine
  • Wildlife

Resource List

Resource Type Language Download File
PowerPoint English Malignant Catarrhal Fever Symptoms
PowerPoint English Malignant Catarrhal Fever
PowerPoint(pdf format) English Malignant Catarrhal Fever Symptoms.pdf
PowerPoint(pdf format) English Malignant Catarrhal Fever.pdf
Technical Card English Malignant Catarrhal Fever
Malignant Catarrhal Fever MCF Clinical Signs
Malignant Catarrhal Fever MCF Lesions

Emergency Reporting

To report a potential emergency :

  • Call Texas Animal Health Commission at (800) 550-8242
  • Or USDA APHIS Veterinary Services at (512) 383-2400 in Austin, Texas
  • Or visit the Veterinary Services website for other state's contact information