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Anthrax an increased threat this summer

Weather conditions have created the ‘perfect storm’ for increased anthrax risk in many parts of the country.

The highly contagious and infectious soil-borne disease can infect most mammals, but especially bison and beef cattle. It is most common if there is a drought after soil has been disturbed (such as by flooding, heavy rains, soil erosion, or digging) because cattle tend to graze closer to the ground and are more likely to pick up spores.

To find out more — including prevention, symptoms, treatment, and what to do if you suspect you have a case — go to the Animal Health & Welfare section on the Beef Cattle Research Council website and select the “Anthrax” tab.

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