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  • Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

    Source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/0.../#.UCOfaXBpehc


    Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle
    by News Desk | Aug 09, 2012

    Colorado's first anthrax outbreak in a generation is being investigated on a Logan County ranch, the state government has confirmed.

    Anthrax, an infection caused by the spores produced by Bacillus anthracis, has reportedly killed at least 50 head of cattle on the Colorado ranch.

    "The risk is minimal outside the affected ranch, said said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr in a statement Wednesday. "We believe, at this point, that anthrax is confined to that specific premises...

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    Re: Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

    Colorado Department of Agriculture
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    August 8, 2012
    Contact: Christi Lightcap, (303) 239-4190, Christi.lightcap@ag.state.co.us

    Colorado Department of Agriculture Investigates Anthrax Case

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture is currently investigating an anthrax case in Logan County; one deceased cow is confirmed to have been infected with the disease, approximately 50 dead cattle are suspected to have been exposed. One location has tested positive and adjacent ranchers are being notified. No cattle left the location prior to the quarantine. No cattle entered the food chain.

    “The risk is minimal outside the affected ranch. We believe, at this point, that anthrax is confined to that specific premises,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Colorado has not had an anthrax case in 31 years but anthrax outbreaks are not uncommon in the Western United States. We are dedicated to providing the necessary response to ensure that the investigation works quickly to limit the spread of this disease.”

    The premises has been quarantined and people, cattle, and equipment that may have come into contact with anthrax are being monitored during this investigation.

    "Our focus is on the potential for human exposure," said Dr. Tony Cappello, district public health administrator for the Northeast Colorado Health Department. "We are currently conducting our own public health investigation and contacting individuals that have been involved with the livestock. Anthrax is not spread from person to person and exposure is limited only to those who had contact with the affected cattle or the immediate area."

    Anthrax can develop naturally in soil; the spores can become active in association with periods of marked climatic or ecologic change such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought which can then expose the anthrax spores to grazing livestock. Outbreaks of anthrax are commonly associated with neutral or alkaline soils. In these areas the spores apparently revert to the vegetative form and multiply to infectious levels so that cattle, horses, mules, sheep and goats may readily become infected when grazing such areas.

    Anthrax is a serious disease because it can cause the rapid loss of a large number of animals in a very short time. Often, animals are found dead with no illness detected. Appropriate carcass disposal is being used to prevent further soil contamination.

    Producers should consult their veterinarians and vaccinate their livestock, if deemed appropriate.

    Humans or animals can become infected by coming in contact with infected animals, soil or water. Anthrax infection can be treated with antibiotics, especially if caught in the early stages.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What is Anthrax?
    Anthrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that forms spores. There are three forms of anthrax: cutaneous, inhalation, and gastrointestinal.

    Is it contagious? Who is susceptible?
    Yes, it is contagious to all mammals, including humans. Animals most susceptible include cattle, sheep, horses and goats. Humans or animals can become infected by coming in contact with infected animals, soil or water. If humans become affected 90-95% of the infections are the cutaneous form.

    How is it transmitted?
    Anthrax is transmitted through direct contact with the bacteria or by ingesting or breathing in the spores.

    How is it treated?
    Anthrax can be treated with antibiotics, especially if caught in the early stages. There is a vaccine for humans and livestock. People on the quarantined location and adjacent ranches have been contacted.

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      Re: Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

      Source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...raxcattle.html

      Originally published Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 2:43 PM
      2 additional anthrax cases identified in Colorado
      The Associated Press

      LAKEWOOD, Colo. —

      Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches...

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        Re: Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

        Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/nation...285_story.html

        Anthrax experts say drought may be factor in recent livestock deaths in Colorado, Texas

        By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, August 16, 6:24 PM

        DES MOINES, Iowa — Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States...

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          Re: Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

          Source: http://www.newsday.com/news/health/a...west-1.3910370

          Anthrax outbreak kills 2 more cows in West
          Published: August 16, 2012 8:41 PM


          LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Two more cows have died from anthrax exposure in northeast Colorado, expanding the first outbreak of the disease in the state in 31 years to three ranches.

          Last week, 60 cows died on a Logan County ranch, where anthrax was positively identified in one animal. Officials say it's likely they all died of the disease.

          The Colorado Department of Agriculture said Wednesday the additional cows were on two separate adjacent ranches. Both died from the disease. ..

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            Re: Anthrax Outbreak on Colorado Ranch Kills Cattle

            Source: http://www.koaa.com/news/anthrax-out...le-winds-down/

            Anthrax outbreak in NE Colorado cattle winds down
            Posted: Sep 28, 2012 4:44 PM by Alyse Rzemek

            DENVER (AP) - Colorado agriculture officials say four ranch quarantines that were prompted by an outbreak of anthrax in cattle in northeast Colorado have been released.

            Colorado Department of Agriculture officials initially estimated the outbreak killed 60 cattle in Logan County this summer, but they have since revised that to about 55 cattle on four ranches...

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