Officials: Animals at risk of anthrax in N.D.North Dakota’s state veterinarian is warning farmers and ranchers that soil conditions could increase the risk of anthrax to their livestock.
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota’s state veterinarian is warning farmers and ranchers that soil conditions could increase the risk of anthrax to their livestock.
“This year, we have had two confirmed cases of anthrax — one in Ransom County and the other in Traill County,” Dr. Susan Keller said in a statement. Anthrax has been found earlier in almost every part of the state, she said.
Keller said anthrax vaccine is available, but it takes about a week to establish immunity, and it must be administered each year.
“Producers should check with their veterinarians to make sure the vaccination schedule for their animals is adequate and maintained,” Keller said. They should report any unexpected deaths to their veterinarian, she said.
Anthrax is caused by bacteria that can lie dormant in the ground for decades, Keller said.
“With the precipitation we have had, conditions are right for the disease to occur,” she said.
More than 500 confirmed animal deaths from anthrax were reported during an outbreak in 2005 that affected cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk, Keller said.