Anthrax hits two beef cattle

News release from the state Ag Department:

Confirmation of anthrax as the cause of death of two Pembina County beef cattle last week has prompted state animal health officials to renew their call for livestock producers to have their animals vaccinated against the disease.

“The two animals – one bull and one cow – came from a single pasture,” Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian, said Monday. “Two more cows in the same pasture died later in the week, likely from anthrax.”

The animals’ owner found two cattle dead in the pasture and called a local veterinarian, Dr. Ben Stegman, Cavalier, who suspected anthrax and took samples for testing. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at North Dakota State University confirmed the diagnosis.

The remaining cattle in the pasture have been vaccinated, treated with antibiotics and quarantined. After a booster vaccination and if no further deaths occur, they will be released from quarantine in 30 days.

Keller said an effective anthrax vaccine is readily available, but takes about a week to establish immunity and must be followed with annual boosters. She said conditions are ideal for anthrax in many parts of the state.

An anthrax factsheet and maps are available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website, www.agdepartment.com. Click on “Hot Topics.”

Anthrax confirmed again

News release from the state Ag Department:

Confirmation of anthrax in another North Dakota county has prompted state animal health officials to again urge livestock producers, especially in areas with a history of anthrax, to have their animals vaccinated for the disease.

“A single case of anthrax has just been confirmed in south central Barnes County, where the disease has been reported in the past,” Beth Carlson, the deputy state veterinarian, said in a statement. “We now have anthrax reports from three different counties. Producers should make every effort to make sure their livestock are up to date on vaccinations.”

Neil Dyer, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at North Dakota State University, confirmed the diagnosis of anthrax in a beef cow. It is the third case of anthrax recorded in the state this year. Earlier, cases were recorded in Sioux and Dickey counties.

An effective anthrax vaccine is readily available, but it takes about a week to establish immunity and must be followed with annual boosters.

Carlson asked producers to monitor their herds for unexpected deaths and report them to their veterinarians.

Anthrax has been most frequently reported in northeast, southeast and south central North Dakota, but it has been suspected in almost every part of the state. The state usually records a few anthrax cases every year, but in 2005, the disease killed an estimated 1,000 head of cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk.

“Thanks to the work of veterinarians and extension agents in encouraging producers to vaccinate their animals, livestock deaths were significantly fewer following year,” Carlson said in a statement. “The same awareness is needed now to prevent another major outbreak.”
 

Anthrax confirmed in N.D.

News release from the state Ag Department:

North Dakota’s top animal health official is urging livestock producers in areas with a history of anthrax to take action to protect their animals from the disease.

“A single case of anthrax has just been confirmed in northwestern Dickey County, where the disease has been reported in the past,” said Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian. “With weather conditions almost ideal for anthrax, producers need to make sure their animals are up to date on vaccinations.”

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at North Dakota State University confirmed the diagnosis of anthrax in a beef bull Tuesday. It is the second case of anthrax recorded in the state this year. Last May, an animal died from anthrax in Sioux County, the first confirmed case in that area in many years.

An effective anthrax vaccine is readily available, but it takes about a week to establish immunity and must be followed with annual boosters. Keller asked producers to monitor their herds for unexpected deaths and report them to their veterinarians.

Anthrax has been most frequently reported in northeast, southeast and south central North Dakota, but it has been suspected in almost every part of the state. The state usually records a few anthrax cases every year, but in 2005, the disease killed an estimated 1,000 head of cattle, bison, horses, sheep, llamas and farmed deer and elk.

An anthrax factsheet is available on the home page of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website at www.agdepartment.com.