Bismarck, ND (KFYR/CNN) - A beef cow in Stark County, North Dakota has anthrax. It's the first case this year in the state.
Livestock producers are being warned to make sure their animals have up-to-date vaccinations and to be on the look-out for unexpected deaths.
Anthrax can occur in both cattle and sheep, and every year the North Dakota State Veterinarian says the state records a few cases.
"The other thing that we know is happening and I believe that may have been the case here was when animals have to be moved because grass is short you may be going to a pasture or your rented pasture or pasture you don't know a lot about and their cattle are grazing close to the ground where the grass is short so it's very likely that we're going to have a higher risk when cattle do that," said Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota State Veterinarian.
According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, an anthrax spore can live indefinitely in the soil of a contaminated pasture.
Animal Control says the weather conditions in North Dakota are ideal for livestock to contract the disease.