Notice from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry: Anthrax detected in northern Alberta
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) has been notified of confirmed cases of anthrax in two separate beef cattle farms in the Fort Vermillion area. Given these findings and recently confirmed cases in Saskatchewan, producers are reminded to be on the look-out for anthrax. The recent hot, dry weather has led to conditions that are favourable for the exposure of livestock to anthrax. A few sporadic cases of anthrax are reported in western Canada nearly every year, typically between the months of July and mid-September, usually following periods of hot weather.
Anthrax is a contagious and infectious soil-borne disease caused by spore-forming bacteria that can infect mammals, primarily herbivores, resulting in the rapid onset of severe disease within a few hours.
Anthrax is a federally reportable and provincially notifiable disease in Alberta. The provincial Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will assist with diagnosing the disease and will work with your private veterinarian to help manage the case.