Anthrax confirmed in white-tailed deer near Uvalde
The first confirmed case of anthrax in a Texas animal for 2012 has been detected in an adult white-tailed buck near the City of Uvalde in Uvalde County). At this time no domestic livestock are involved, according to personnel with the Texas Animal Health Commission.
Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including Texas. It is not uncommon for anthrax to be diagnosed in livestock or wildlife in the southwest part of the state. In recent years, cases have been primarily confined to a triangular area bounded by the towns of Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass.
"The TAHC will continue to closely monitor the situation for possible new cases across the state. Producers are encouraged to consult with their veterinary practitioner or local TAHC office about the disease," said Dr. Dee Ellis, state veterinarian.
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The TAHC works to protect the health of all Texas livestock, including cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine animals and exotic livestock.