State vet warns of possible anthrax dangers

Ponca City Now - June 9, 2015 9:27 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Oklahoma’s state veterinarian is urging livestock producers to stay alert for anthrax infections this summer.

Cases of anthrax are seen yearly in Texas, North and South Dakota and other Midwestern states. Oklahoma has not had any known cases since 1996.

But Dr. Rod Hall says outbreaks have been associated with floods that follow drought, and are slightly more apt to occur in alkaline soil. Following the wettest month on record in May, Hall says Oklahoma has a higher than normal potential to experience cases of anthrax this summer and livestock producers should be alert to the signs of the disease.

The disease is caused by a bacteria and is most common in cattle and sheep, but can also be seen in dogs, horses, pigs and other animals – including humans.

 

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