First Cattle Anthrax Cases Reported In North Dakota...

BISMARCK - A cow in Traill County has tested positive for anthrax.
calendar icon 31 July 2007
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State Veterinarian Susan Keller says it's the first case of anthrax in the state this year.

Keller says the Traill County herd consisted were the cow was found had about 18 animals. She says the herd has been quarantined and vaccinated.

Keller says anthrax usually appears in very wet or very dry conditions, when dormant bacteria spores in the soil are disturbed.

Animals that consume the spores are exposed to the disease.

Keller says ranchers who find dead livestock should consult their veterinarians before disposing of the carcasses.

Last year in North Dakota, there were four confirmed cases of cattle anthrax in four counties.

Two years ago, more than 500 animals in 16 North Dakota counties died from anthrax the worst outbreak in state history.

Source: KXnet
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