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Animal Attraction: Anthrax Case Confirmed in a Cow Southwest of San Angelo, Texas

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Anthrax has been confirmed in an adult female cow on a premise southwest of San Angelo, Texas, located in Tom Green and Irion counties. This is the second confirmed case in Texas this year, but the first case involving livestock. Multiple species of livestock are located on the premises. The initial case in Texas was detected in September, and involved exotic antelope located northeast of Del Rio in Edwards County. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has quarantined the premises. TAHC rules require proper disposal of affected carcasses and vaccination of other cattle on the premise prior to release of the quarantine.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including certain parts of Texas. It is not uncommon for anthrax to be diagnosed in livestock or wildlife in the southwestern part of the state. A vaccine is available for use in susceptible livestock in high risk areas.

Acute fever followed by rapid death with bleeding from body openings are common signs of anthrax in livestock. Carcasses may also appear bloated and appear to decompose quickly. Livestock or animals displaying symptoms consistent with anthrax should be reported to a private veterinary practitioner or a TAHC official. If affected livestock or carcasses must be handled, producers are encouraged to follow basic sanitation precautions such as wearing protective gloves, long sleeve shirts and washing thoroughly afterward to prevent accidental spread of the bacteria to people.

“The TAHC will continue to closely monitor the situation for possible new cases across the state. Producers are encouraged to consult their veterinary practitioner or local TAHC office if they suspect their animals are affected with anthrax, or if they have questions about the disease or the vaccination of their livestock,” said Dr. T.R. Lansford, TAHC Assistant Executive Director for Animal Health Programs.

SOURCE and LINK:
Texas Animal Health Commission
http://www.tahc.state.tx.us

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