Trichomoniasis is not a human health issue. It is a reproductive issue for the cattle industry which causes livestock producers to lose valuable income. To gain control of this problem breeding bulls entering Texas on or after April 1 from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry. The second phase of the program addresses in-state movement of Texas breeding bulls and will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010.
The executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, Dr. Bob Hillman, points out that under the new regulations, Trichomoniasis becomes a reportable disease in Texas, which will give more information on where and how much infection already is in the state.
Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that causes infertility and abortions, and results in extended breeding seasons. Dr. Hillman says there is no effective treatment or vaccine for bulls, and as they age, the surface of their organs becomes more hospitable to the protozoa, perpetuating the infection.