With heavy rainfall throughout much of North Dakota, state veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller says conditions are right for anthrax in livestock. Animals can be exposed to the disease when grazing or drinking water contaminated with the spores. An anthrax vaccine is readily available, and it takes about one week for livestock to establish immunity. Keller says producers should report any unexplained deaths to their veterinarian right away. An anthrax fact sheet is available on the North Dakota Department of Agriculture website.
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