Texas First Anthrax Case of Year Confirmed in Central Texas Herd
AUSTIN (March 28, 2011)—The first case of anthrax in livestock in the state this year has been confirmed in a herd on a ranch near Whitney in Hill County, the Texas Animal Health Commission said Monday.
The commission said it quarantined the ranch after a single cow tested positive for the disease.
The case is unusual because it was detected earlier in the year than normal and in a different part of the state from where officials expected to find cases, the commission said.
No previous cases of anthrax have been reported in Hill County, the commission said.
The disease is caused by a naturally occurring organism found worldwide and tends to be diagnosed most commonly during summer months in Texas, the commission said.
In recent years, confirmed cases have largely been confined to an area bordered by Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass in the southwest part of the state, the commission said.
“It is possible that the dry conditions that much of Texas is enduring may have caused the first case of the year to be found earlier than normal, and/or in a somewhat unusual location,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC executive director.
The commission said quarantines usually last for about 10 days and are lifted after requirements have been met for disposal and vaccination.