CIFA Call for Anthrax Protection

CANADA - Canadian Livestock producers are being warned to protect their animals from livestock before it is too late.
calendar icon 19 June 2008
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Disease-causing spores are known to naturally exist in soil across the Prairies. The melting of last winter's heavy snowfall and wet conditions in parts of Western Canada increase the potential that spores are exposed and could be ingested by grazing animals.

The first cases of anthrax for 2008 were confirmed in late May, following the death of 13 cattle on a farm in the Rural Municipality of King George, Saskatchewan.

Vaccination prevents anthrax in most animals. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) is encouraging producers to consult with their veterinarian about making anthrax vaccination a part of their regular herd health program, and about the importance of giving booster vaccinations. This is particularly important for animals present in areas where anthrax has been recently confirmed. All detected cases are posted on the CFIA website.

By law, all suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax must be reported to the CFIA. As a precaution, producers should immediately notify their veterinarian of any sudden deaths in their herds.

When anthrax is confirmed, the CFIA quarantines affected premises while proper decontamination and disposal activities are undertaken. Producers of livestock affected by anthrax may receive an indemnity in the range of $100 to $500 per animal, depending on species, once the CFIA confirms that appropriate disease control actions are complete.

In 2007, anthrax was reported on 23 premises in Manitoba, six premises in Saskatchewan (four premises during the winter months and two premises during the summer months) and four premises in Alberta.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Anthrax by clicking here.

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