Anthrax Confirmed in Sutton County, Texas, Horse
All the premises have been placed under quarantine and producers were advised on vaccinating exposed animals and the proper disposal of affected carcasses, as outlined by Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) rules. Typically, quarantines are lifted 10 days from vaccination or the last death loss.
“It is common to see an increase in anthrax cases after periods of wet, cool weather, followed by hot, dry conditions,” said Andy Schwartz, DVM, TAHC executive director. “During these conditions, animals ingest the anthrax bacteria when they consume contaminated grass and hay or inhale the spores. Outbreaks usually end when cooler weather arrives.”
Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution. After exposure to anthrax, it usually takes three to seven days for animals to show clinical signs. Once signs develop, death usually occurs within 48
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