Texas Anthrax Case a Reminder to Vaccinate

December 9, 2013 11:09 AM

Anthrax often isn’t a common worry for cattlemen, but a confirmed case near San Angelo, Texas serves as a reminder to vaccinate cattle grazing low-lying areas that are prone to drought followed by heavy rains. "Non-vaccinated livestock and deer can become infected by ingesting, and on rare occasions, by inhaling the anthrax spores in the soil and on vegetation while grazing contaminated areas. Such cases are invariably fatal," said Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources in Tom Green County.

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