Published: Jun 05, 2013 2:34 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota State Veterinarian Susan Keller is urging ranchers in areas with a history of anthrax to take actions to protect their cattle from the disease, after a confirmed case in Hettinger County.
    
Anthrax bacteria spores that lie dormant in the ground become active under extreme weather conditions such as flooding or drought. North Dakota typically has a few cases each year. The case in an unvaccinated beef cow in Hettinger County is the first this year.
    
Keller says ranchers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure vaccinations are up to date for their animals.

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