Thursday, June 16, 2011

Anthrax found in 2 Serbian villages - 16th June 2011

Serbian authorities have declared two northern villages an anthrax-infected zone after the bacteria was found in animals there.

The Agriculture ministry says it has launched vaccination of cattle in the villages of Bocar and Novo Milosevo. The ministry says it has banned the use of milk and meat from the animals in those villages.

The statement on Thursday says that "the situation in the field is stable with minimum possibility for the spread of the disease."

Anthrax bacteria spores lie dormant in the soil and can become active under conditions such as heavy rainfall, flooding or drought. Animals that aren't vaccinated often die quickly after being exposed to the bacteria. Source