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Anthrax Killing Canadian Cattle

13 August 2008

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed two more fatal cases of anthrax in cattle in two different communities in Saskatchewan.

According to Country Guide, the most recent case was confirmed Monday in the Rural Municipality of Big River, about 130 km northwest of Prince Albert. CFIA also confirmed a case on Saturday in the RM of Harris, about 80 km southwest of Saskatoon. Just one animal was involved in each case.

The news agency says that the two most recent cases bring the total number of anthrax deaths this spring and summer to 24, including 16 cattle and eight bison, over a total of five farms, all in different areas of Saskatchewan.

CFIA reiterated in its report that findings of anthrax in Western Canada are common and the spores which cause the disease are known to exist in soils across the Prairies.

Vaccination prevents anthrax in most animals, CFIA said, recommending that ranchers consult with veterinarians about making vaccinations part of regular herd-health maintenance.

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