North Dakota State University is reminding livestock producers to
vaccinate their herds for anthrax.
Veterinarian, Doctor Charlie Stoltenow, says the wet weather makes
conditions conducive for anthrax. Rain and flooding cause anthrax spores to
surface and activate. Cattle that graze or consume water infected with anthrax
Anthrax is mainly reported in northeastern, southeastern, and south-central
North Dakota but it's been found most everywhere in-state.
Anthrax usually appears in North Dakota in July and August. Livestock in
areas where anthrax has been found should be vaccinated about a month before the
disease occurs. Vaccination should be done annually.