September 27, 2022
PIERRE, S.D. – Anthrax has been confirmed in South Dakota livestock for the first time this year.
According to South Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Beth Thompson, several cows died from a herd of 160 unvaccinated cattle in Meade County. The Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic
Laboratory at SDSU confirmed the disease from samples submitted over the weekend.
Affected livestock are often found dead with no illness detected.
Anthrax spores survive indefinitely in contaminated soil, and much of South Dakota has the potential of experiencing an outbreak.