Anthrax Detected in Horses on Two Additional Texas Premises

On July 29, 2019, the Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed three additional equine anthrax cases on two new Texas premises since its last update on July 22.

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Anthrax Detected in Horses on Two Additional Texas Premises
To date, 14 premises in 5 Texas counties have had animals confirmed with anthrax. | Photo: Courtesy Texas Animal Health Commission
Veterinarians have confirmed anthrax in three horses on two Texas premises since the Texas Animal Health Commission’s (TAHC) previous update on July 22, 2019: two horses on a Crockett County premises and one horse on a Uvalde County premises.

The TAHC quarantined the premises after animals tested positive for the reportable disease.  Anthrax quarantines are typically lifted 10 days from vaccination or the last death loss.

According the a TAHC media release, 14 premises in five Texas counties (Crockett, Kinney, Sutton, Uvalde, and Val Verde) have confirmed animals with anthrax to date. Animals include antelope, goats, horses, deer, and cattle. Producers have been advised on vaccinating exposed animals and instructed on the proper disposal of affected carcasses, as outlined by TAHC’s rules.

As stated by the TAHC, “Anthrax is found worldwide, but in Texas, cases are most often confined to a triangular area bound by the towns of Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass. This area includes portions of Crockett, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney and Maverick Counties

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Diane Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, then married her education with her lifelong passion for horses by working in editorial positions at Appaloosa Journal for 12 years. She has also served on the American Horse Publications’ board of directors. She now freelances in writing, editing, and proofreading. She lives in Middleton, Idaho, and spends her spare time gardening, reading, serving in her church, and spending time with her daughters, their families, and a myriad of her own and other people’s pets.

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