SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven is reminding South Dakota ranchers to be diligent about vaccinating livestock against anthrax.
Flooding across the state has created conditions that are favorable for anthrax. Bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and can become active under conditions such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought.
Officials say vaccination is best because unvaccinated animals often die suddenly after being exposed to the bacteria, and there isn’t an opportunity for treatment.
Source: The Associated Press
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