Anthrax Kills Cattle in Wiltshire

UK - After the sudden death of a cow in Wiltshire, a case of anthrax has been confirmed.
calendar icon 28 October 2015
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The illness, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, resulted in the deaths of two animals.

In a report to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Nigel Gibbens said: "The epidemiological investigation is ongoing, but initial inquiries have disclosed a small number of previous cases at this location approximately 20 years ago."

The outbreak affected a herd of grazing beef suckler cattle, comprising approximately 174 cows with calves at foot and 6 bulls.

Movement controls, disinfection, and official disposal of waste and carcasses will be used to control the disease.

Further Reading

Read more about anthrax in our disease guide here.

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