Bovine anthrax case confirmed in Argentina

Laboratoria Azul in Argentina reported Tuesday that a young heifer that had died suddenly has tested positive for anthrax. 

Laboratoria Azul Co-Director Ramon Noseda said the heifer came from a herd of approximately 1,300 animals, the area where the herd is located in Buenos Aires Province, which has had past cases of enzootic anthrax. Noseda said that three other heifers died in a similar fashion and the problem was recognized by a veterinarian. Sanitary controls have been established.

Anthrax outbreaks among cattle have been reported in the country seven times since 2006, the most recent taking place this year. Argentine officials have established vaccination requirements for ranchers, but there are some ranchers that fail to vaccinate their herds.

The Merck Veterinary Manual states that anthrax is most commonly found in livestock animals, including sheep, goats, cattle and other herbivorous animals. The disease is able to be spread to the human population through contact or exposure to infected tissue from meat. They also report that soil can act as a reservoir for anthrax spores for several years.

Anthrax often presents itself as a severe illness in humans and animals with the potential to be fatal.

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