theCryptofishist wrote: fciron wrote:
theCryptofishist wrote:I'm going for reflooding of the playa.
No Good. Fish (ahem) and MV boats will escape.
"Outbreak of Anthrax kills cows in Nevada
Thirty cows at a ranch north of Gerlach died over the past week as a result of an outbreak of the deadly disease anthrax.
Nevada Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, Dr. David Thain, reported that the outbreak occurred on a ranch northwest of Gerlach in Washoe County.
"The Department's Reno Animal Disease Laboratory isolated a pure strain of anthrax," said Thain.
Anthrax is an uncommon, highly contagious disease of livestock. "The spores of this bacteria can live in the soil for many years," continued Dr. Thain. "The current outbreak is believed to be due to recent ditch cleaning that released soil borne spores onto pasture grasses. The cattle became infected when they ate the grass."
Anthrax is also recognized as a potential weapon used by bio-terrorists and was a significant threat in the war with Iraq in the early nineties.
Bacillus anthracis is found most commonly in areas with neutral to mildly alkaline soil, following drought and flooding, or following excavations that disturb the soil and bring B. anthracis spores to the surface.
Anthrax is transmitted while animals graze in areas that previously experience the disease and the spores contaminate the water or forage.
Anthrax can be transmitted to neighboring ranches by birds, insects, or carnivorous predators.
If antrax is suspected in a field case where the animal is found dead, it is best to call a veterinarian as soon as possible. The specimen must be fresh for identification of anthrax because the effects of putrefactive bacteria in an unopened carcass at temperatures of 77Â° - 86Â° decimates the anthrax and recovery is difficult.
There are areas in the world, including Nevada, in which anthrax is endemic. This results in chronic environmental contamination with resulting animal and human disease.
Several endemic areas have been recorded. The state veterinarian, local veterinarian, or any of the long-established ranchers are able to identify historic areas reporting Bacillus anthracis morbidity or mortality. "
-Record news for Sept. 9, 2000 - http://www.modocrecord.com/2000%20Archives.html
What goes around, comes around.