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Anthrax confirmed in cattle in RM of Harris

Saskatchewan Agriculture is reminding farmers to be on the lookout for anthrax in their animals after a confirmed case was found in cattle in the RM of Harris. Steve Silva / Global News

REGINA – Saskatchewan Agriculture is reminding farmers to be on the lookout for anthrax in their animals after a confirmed case was found in cattle in the RM of Harris.

Anthrax was confirmed to be the reason for a cow’s death after laboratory results came back on Dec. 17.

This is the third reported case of anthrax in Saskatchewan this year.

Anthrax is caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis, which can survive in spore form for decades in soil. Livestock are infected when they eat forage contaminated with spores.

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Affected animals are usually found dead without any signs of illness. Farmers in regions who have experienced previous outbreaks are strongly encouraged to vaccinate their animals each year.

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Anyone who suspects anthrax in an animal should not move or disturb the carcass, and instead should immediately contact their local veterinarian.

Producers are being advised to use caution when dealing with a suspected anthrax case. While animal cases pose minimal risk to humans, people can get infected through direct contact with sick animals or carcasses.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to an infected animal should contact their local health authority or physician for advice.

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