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Anthrax Disease in Animals and its Treatment.

Anthrax is an infectious zoonotic disease (could be transferred from animals to humans). It is primarily a disease of herbivorous animals particularly cattle’s sheep, goats, horses and mules. The disease naturally occurs among herbivorous animals through contaminated soil and feed. Infected animals shed the bacilli in terminal hemorrhage or spilt blood at death. Anthrax spores can persist in soil for many years.

Symptoms:

  • Black sore 
  • Fever and vomiting
  • Food poisoning
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting of blood
  • Severe diarrhea

Treatment:

There is a vaccine against anthrax. The vaccine is given to animals who are likely to be exposed to anthrax in January. The antibiotics doxycycline and ciprofloxacin are recommended for early treatment of anthrax.

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