[Increased occurrence of nuclear cataract in the calf after erection of a mobile phone base station]

Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. 2012 Feb;154(2):82-6. doi: 10.1024/0036-7281/a000300.
[Article in German]


We examined and monitored a dairy farm in which a large number of calves were born with nuclear cataracts after a mobile phone base station had been erected in the vicinity of the barn. Calves showed a 3.5 times higher risk for heavy cataract if born there compared to Swiss average. All usual causes such as infection or poisoning, common in Switzerland, could be excluded. The real cause of the increased incidence of cataracts remains unknown.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cataract / epidemiology
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Cataract / veterinary*
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Cattle Diseases / etiology*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Female
  • Incidence
  • Risk Factors
  • Switzerland / epidemiology