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Anthrax Detected in South Dakota Cattle Herds

25 August 2008

US - Anthrax has been detected in three South Dakota cattle herds.

State Veterinarian Sam Holland says the disease has shown up in Douglas and Hutchinson counties.

According to the High Plains Journal, the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University is closely tracking the outbreak.

South Dakota is in an anthrax belt that has soil contaminated with spores of the bacteria. Cattle ingest them while grazing.

Dr. Holland says people who handle the carcasses of cattle that die from anthrax should wear long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing because they can get nasty skin infections.

He says some people may die, but that's rare.

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