State Veterinarian Susan Keller is urging North Dakota ranchers to make sure their livestock are vaccinated against anthrax, after the first confirmed case of the year in a Barnes County beef cow.

Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and become active under extreme weather conditions such as drought or flooding, which some parts of the state have experienced after recent heavy rains.

“With the precipitation we have had, conditions are right for the disease to occur,” Keller said.

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