Knowing whether a death on pasture has been caused by anthrax is important for several reasons.
Spores of the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, which cause anthrax when consumed, can survive in the soil for years.
Cases of anthrax continue to appear in Texas livestock, but so far, the outbreak this summer has mostly remained confined to an area with a history of anthrax.
Incidences of both diseases can easily occur in periods of dry weather after floodwaters recede.
The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, has confirmed the first 2019 cases of vesicular stomatitis on three premises in Texas and New Mexico.
North Dakota’s state veterinarian is reminding livestock producers to vaccinate their animals against anthrax.
Limited studies in the U.S. estimate herd prevalence of the serovar Hardjo strain to be near 60% in dairies and 40% in beef herds, says Dan Grooms, veterinarian, Michigan State University.
Information to help protect the cow herd and mitigate monetary loss this calving season.