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In Reply to: Amthrax posted by Helene on October 15, 2001 at 03:09:44:
I had been thinking the very same thing myself a few days ago. From what I understand and the way it has been explained to me, certain agricultural areas are mosre at risk than others. Areas that have deer are likely to have at least one reported case of anthrax per year.
For quite a number of years, the number of anthrax cases were almost non-existent. But scares such as the Mad Cow Disease and FMD piques interest in viruses and I think it caused the animal industry to be placed under a more finely focused microscope for infection.
The best thing for any one of us to do is to contact our local ag officials to learn the probability of anthrax in each area. An area that has zero reported cases of anthrax - vaccinating will probably not be necessary. Areas that have or have had a substantial number of anthrax cases should be more concerned with vaccinating.
But we should all remember that this anthrax scare can be taken two ways - one being that this situation is a ripe target for someone to make money from. We could be told that yes, vaccinate all animals and they really don't need to be. The other way is that while we are becoming concerned with this one specific virus, it is the unknown virus that will catch us by surprise. What good is the anthrax vaccination when it is something else that is killing the animals (and people).
One of the articles on GoatWorld does deal with identifying anthrax and has alot of good information regarding the subject. This article was provided and written by Carla Everett of the Texas Animal Health Commission. You may want to contact her to get more information or places that you can contact in your area for answers.
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