Cows get pinkeye, a bacterial disease that causes irritating swelling and redness of the conjunctiva of the eye, just like humans do, but humans cannot contract the bovine form of conjunctivitis, according to beef specialist Jacob Segers of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Heavy rains promoted the bacterial infection in Georgia cattle this year. The infection can cause rupture of the eye and blindness if left untreated, said Segers, who recommends cattlemen talk with a veterinarian about vaccination for prevention and antibiotics for treatment of active infections.

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