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Vaccinate Against Anthrax

NDSU's veterinarian, Dr. Charlie Stoltenow, is urging producers be vigilant for anthrax and to vaccinate their livestock against anthrax.

Anthrax is a disease that infects people and livestock and is caused by the spores of the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax spores can survive in soil for decades. Animals contract anthrax by ingesting or inhaling spores. Sheep, cattle and horses are especially susceptible to anthrax. Spores are shed in bloody discharges of infected animals and can be spread throughout a herd.

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