ND state vet cautions ranchers about anthraxBISMARCK, 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