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4 years 19 weeks ago, 12:51 PM

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Anthrax Advisory

The Canyon Broadcaster
Texas Hill Country

State agencies issue Anthrax advisory

By Jerry Michalsky, Sports Editor

The Texas Animal Health Commission, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have issued a summer and early fall alert for ranchers, hunters and anyone who may be going afield in Texas.

One case of anthrax has been confirmed in a white-tailed deer herd on a game ranch in Uvalde County, which is in an area of South Texas endemic to anthrax.

Although humans are also susceptible, no cases have been reported to date, and simple precautions can effectively reduce the risks of humans contracting the disease.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease of sheep, goats, cattle, horses, deer and other animals.

The bacteria which cause anthrax can remain dominant in the soil for many years.

A period of drought followed by heavy rains frequently occurs just before the appearance of anthrax in livestock and deer. Animals that eat the rapidly growing grasses also consume soil that contains the bacteria.

Currently, soil conditions are right to produce more outbreaks around the triangular geographic area bounded by Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass, which cover portions of Crockett, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney, and Maverick Counties.

Transmission of Anthrax to humans can occur whether an affected animal is alive of has died from disease.

Simple precautions can greatly reduce the risk of contracting the disease from these animals.

Carcasses of dead livestock and deer should not be cut open to allow blood to escape.

Under no circumstances should the hide, hair, skulls, or horns of an animal suspected of having anthrax be salvaged, nor should the meat of these animals be eaten.

During an anthrax outbreak, hunters in the affected areas are discouraged from taking feral hogs because they consume the meat of dead animals and could be carrying the bacteria.

Fortunately, by the time deer hunting season starts, cool weather usually puts an end to the often seasonal anthrax outbreak.

At minimum, hunters should harvest only healthy-looking deer and other hoof stock.

If a deer has ingested anthrax bacteria, within hours, it will stagger, tremble or exhibit convulsions, and death is inevitable.

When an area experiences an anthrax outbreak, ranchers should wear long sleeves and gloves when handling or vaccinating livestock.

Afterward, good sanitation measures should be followed, including hand washing and laundering of clothing.

This aids in preventing contact with the anthrax bacteria which may have been picked up on the hides of animals.

Do not pick up bones, horns of shed antlers, and pets and children should be kept away from dead animals.

Healthy animals also should be moved from a contaminated pasture during an outbreak, but must remain on the premise and not hauled down the road to another pasture.

To prevent additional soil contamination, Texas Animal Health Commission regulations require that anthrax affected animal carcasses must be burned, until thoroughly consumed, along with any associated bedding and manure.

This practice prevents wild pigs, coyotes, dogs or other predators from dragging carcasses (and the accompanying anthrax bacteria) from one pasture to another, and spilling out the anthrax spores.

TAHC regulations also require that livestock on infected premises be quarantined for at least 10 days after all the livestock have been vaccinated against the disease.

During this time, anthrax-exposed animals may still die from the disease, while healthy, vaccinated animals will develop immunity.

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 1:47 PM

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questions

1. Why is a "sports editor" writing an Anthrax advisory?

2. "The bacteria which cause anthrax can remain dominant in the soil for many years." ........ this one is bugging me. Think he meant "dormant" not "dominant"?

3. "Transmission of Anthrax to humans can occur whether an affected animal is alive of has died from disease."........... "or" not "of" damn it, you're a professional sports editor, Jerry!

Alright, enough of me being an ass. Why is this such a big deal? One confirmed case of an infected deer. I would assume this happens every year, right?

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 1:51 PM

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The Texas Hill Country.
Only 2 sports in that area
High School football and
Deer Hunting.

I guess his spelling and writeing is why
he works for a "Hick Town Paper"

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 1:55 PM

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oh yeah

I forgot deer hunting was in the sports section. got ya!

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 1:56 PM

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Answers

1. In this tough economy the sports editor's resposabilities include
the farm report.

2. Yes

3. Reaper is right as usual

How's that?

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 1:57 PM

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It is the way we hunt them

4 years 19 weeks ago, 2:11 PM

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One more thought

Sept, 1, opening day of dove season in TX. Undoubtedly more people beating through the brush picking up dead animals than any other day of the year.

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 4:54 PM

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We have it easy

every year everyone comes out to my front yard for dove season. Kind of a traditional thing we have here

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 4:59 PM

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We average

about 30 shooters on opening day. All firends.
Whoo Hoo! I am ready!!!

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:05 PM

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Same here

20 to 25

Front yard Back yard and out in the rows

The sunflowers were all planted a month ago

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:07 PM

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I hear ya Bigg'n

It is special isn't it?

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:14 PM

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and the lemon pepper and kelp salt READY

It is good eatin' Vaq

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:20 PM

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My best dove recipe

Your favorite fajita seasoning, bell peppers, onions.
Sautee to your liking with Dove breast.
Slap it on a tortilla. GO!
I've tried it all. This is good stuff!

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:04 PM

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Made up asnwers

1. Because Obama is in office
2. 263.5
3. Because they can

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4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:24 PM

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Vaq you have a

PM

4 years 19 weeks ago, 5:41 PM

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Repy.

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