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Published April 26, 2011, 02:58 PM

ND vet cautions ranchers about cattle anthrax

BISMARCK, N.D. — State Veterinarian Susan Keller says with all the flooding in North Dakota, conditions are favorable this spring for anthrax in cattle.

BISMARCK, N.D. — State Veterinarian Susan Keller says with all the flooding in North Dakota, conditions are favorable this spring for anthrax in cattle.

Keller is advising ranchers to get their cows vaccinated before turning them out to pasture.

Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and can become active under conditions such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought. Animals that aren't vaccinated often die quickly after being exposed to the bacteria.

No cases have been reported in the state yet this year.

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