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Published August 24, 2010, 09:57 PM

Anthrax cases reported in Pembina County

The new cases were in northeastern North Dakota’s Pembina County. Earlier cases were confirmed in Barnes, Dickey and Sioux counties, all in the southern half of the state.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department on Tuesday said more cases of anthrax had been confirmed in cattle.

The new cases were in northeastern North Dakota’s Pembina County. Earlier cases were confirmed in Barnes, Dickey and Sioux counties, all in the southern half of the state.

State animal health officials urge ranchers to have their cattle vaccinated against the disease.

Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the ground and become active under conditions such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought. North Dakota usually has a few cases in cattle every year.

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