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Published July 16, 2011, 11:22 AM

ND state vet cautions ranchers about anthrax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's state veterinarian is encouraging ranchers along the Souris and Missouri rivers to talk with their local veterinarians about anthrax vaccinations for animals.

Susan Keller says river floodwaters can contain anthrax spores

and can expose spores that are present in the soil. She says that

can increase the risk of anthrax on pasture and range land.

Animals that aren't vaccinated often die quickly after being

exposed to anthrax bacteria. Animals that are vaccinated rarely


Keller also is encouraging ranchers to monitor their herds for

unexpected deaths and report them immediately to their


North Dakota usually has a few anthrax cases every year. In

2005, there was a bad outbreak, with about 1,000 animals dying.

They included cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer

and elk.