Cows Has Anthrax


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Ebola virus, and now antthrax? No terrorists involved in this story – just a cow.  Agriculture officials & ranchers in Jim Wells county in Texas are on alert after a cow recently discovered with anthrax about 10 miles north of Premont.

Clayton Hilton. an associate professor and the director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Texas A&M Kingsville, says the weather  conditions in South Texas are ideal for anthrax growth.  Hilton says when you have a period of drought followed by heavy rains, there is a danger that cattle could ingest anthrax.  Once that happens, death is very rapid. Hilton said,

Apparently, one of the unique things about anthrax is that animals pass away due to shock.  The bacterium is all through their blood stream. It’s in every single organ.  It’s a bacterium which being the decomposition, even as the animal is still living.

If the farmer or anyone touches that anthrax ridden cow – the disease may be transmitted.  People get infected with anthrax when spores get into the body. When anthrax spores get inside the body, they can be “activated.” When they become active, the bacteria can multiply, spread out in the body, produce toxins (poisons), and cause severe illness, even death.

This can happen when people breathe in spores, eat food or drink water that is contaminated with spores, or get spores in a cut or scrape in the skin.

Despite the occasional infection in animals, it is very uncommon for people in the United States to get infected with anthrax.

Still, play it safe, stay away from decomposing cows in Texas.

 

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