Anthrax information For hunters and landowners
Anthrax is a disease caused by a bacteria and occurs worldwide. In Texas, anthrax can occur anywhere. Some cases occur almost every year in the southwest part of the state that includes portions of Crockett, Edwards, Kinney, Maverick, Sutton, Uvalde and Val Verde counties. Infrequently, outbreaks occur with large numbers of cases and mortalities. Because anthrax is a zoonotic disease and can affect humans, hunters and landowners should have some basic knowledge of the disease and safety precautions, particularly if they live or hunt in these areas.
Texas counties with laboratory confirmed anthrax cases 2000-20018
What is anthrax?
Anthrax is a serious and potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The bacteria produces a toxin that destroys body cells leading to death. When the vegetative stage of the bacteria in the body is exposed to air it forms spores that are capable of surviving in the soil for long periods of time. “Weaponized” anthrax, that we have heard about from terror attacks following 9/11, is a purified form of anthrax and much different than naturally occurring anthrax.
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