A case of anthrax in cattle has hit the state of North Dakota for the first time this year, a veterinarian confirmed on Monday. Anthrax, which typically has a few cases a year in the state, killed an estimated 1,000 animals in 2005, reported Jonathan Knutson for the Grand Forks Herald.

“Anthrax has been confirmed in a Grand Forks County beef cow,” Dr. Susan Keller told Knutson, “Producers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure the vaccination schedule for their animal is up to date.”

The vaccination is needed annually for cattle, and while it is easily available, a week is needed for it to take effect.  It is important for producers to watch their herd for any inexplicable deaths to report to their primary veterinarian.

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