State Board Of Animal Health Investing Cow Death Linked To Anthrax

Dec 6, 2016

State officials say the death of cow on a Southern Indiana farm is being attributed to Anthrax.

“Even though our citizens may think about white powders in envelopes, etc., this is a natural exposure in the environment,” says Indiana State Veterinarian Bret Marsh.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health is working at the farm to find out what lead a cow to be exposed to Anthrax. Marsh would not disclose the exact location of the farm as the investigation is ongoing.

Marsh says he received a phone call from a veterinarian in southern Indiana the day after Thanksgiving. The farmer found the dead cow on his property with blood coming from its nose.

“What happens with anthrax- the organism produces a toxin and the blood in the dead animal does not coagulate or clot,” Marsh says.

Marsh says he’s unsure how the anthrax arrived at the property, but says the spores can live for long periods of time.

“The diagnosis is altogether unusual for us, but fortunately the animal was with only one other animal, and they removed it and separated it from the animal that had died,” Marsh says.

Marsh says they have found no other animals affected by Anthrax, and the cattle from the farm have been removed from the field. They will be observed for 30 days.

Sophia Saliby contributed to this story.