PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Animal Industry Board has confirmed a case of antrhax in an Aurora County cow.
Officials say the adult cow was lost in a herd of 175 unvaccinated animals in Aurora County.
State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven says it would make good sense to vaccinate cattle and other livestock in the area for the next several years.
Oedekoven says anthrax bacteria spores survive indefinitely in contaminated soil and much of South Dakota has the potential of experiencing an outbreak.
He says significant climate change such as drought, floods and winds can expose anthrax spores to grazing livestock.