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Another ANTHRAX Happening.....

snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques 2012/08/09 06:51:41
Used to be Anthrax was something found in a CDC lab or in some 'far away' place of 100 years ago - now it's in our backyards.....how concerned should we be?

Anthrax confirmed in dead cow in northeast Colo.







Published 8:46 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012

















DENVER
(AP) — A cow that died in northeast Colorado's Logan County had
anthrax, and about 50 other cattle that died at the same ranch in the
last several days were likely exposed to the disease, the Colorado Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

Seven
people, including a veterinarian and ranch workers who had direct
contact with the cattle, were potentially exposed and will be treated
with antibiotics, health officials said. None has shown symptoms of
infection so far, said Dr. Tony Cappello of the Northeast Colorado Health Department.

"Anthrax is not spread person to person, so there's no concern this will spread to the general population," Cappello said.

The
ranch, which state agriculture officials would not identify, has been
quarantined, and the remaining cows were being vaccinated. No cattle
left the ranch before the quarantine, state veterinarian Keith Roehr said.

"None went to public exhibition or market or slaughter, so we know the food supply is safe," Roehr said.

He
estimated the ranch has about 500 mother cows and an unknown number of
calves. Test results this week confirmed one of the ranch's dead cows
had anthrax, Roehr said.

Anthrax
commonly affects hoofed animals and is caused by a bacterium that forms
spores that can become active in drought or floods. People can be
infected by ingesting or breathing in spores or by coming in contact
with infected animals, soil or water. The disease can be treated with
antibiotics if it is caught early.

Health
officials were telling firefighters, state troopers and hazardous
material teams in northeast Colorado how to protect themselves if they
work near the affected ranch.

Roehr said the anthrax case is the first in Colorado in 31 years, but outbreaks have occasionally happened in the western U.S.

In
2001, a person who sent anthrax-laced letters to media and government
offices infected five people who died and 17 others who were sickened.

Symptoms
in humans vary depending on the type of anthrax, but people may develop
small sores that turn into skin ulcers with a black center. Most people
survive the most common cutaneous form of anthrax, according to health
officials, but about half the cases of inhalation anthrax, whose
symptoms are similar to those of the cold or flu, can end in death.




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  • Don Leuty 2012/08/09 10:34:28
    Don Leuty
    +12
    Anthrax can live in the soil for decades. That was but one of the reasons it was selected for weaponization.

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  • rightside 2012/08/14 15:49:15
    rightside
    +2
    bio terrorism is a better way to kill than a bomb.
  • snell/G... rightside 2012/08/15 02:19:36
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +2
    ultimately that may be what we're up against - or maybe already in the past.
  • shadow76 2012/08/12 16:06:38
    shadow76
    +2
    I feel bad for the ranch people.
  • snell/G... shadow76 2012/08/14 05:25:06 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    i feel bad for anyone in the right place at the wrong time.
  • schjaz 2012/08/11 20:57:03
    schjaz
    +3
    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee yikes.
  • CFlyJuice 2012/08/10 16:52:42
  • snell/G... CFlyJuice 2012/08/14 05:25:53
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    if you read on thru the comments you'll see what Anthrax is all about......
  • NYCbrit 2012/08/10 14:07:51
    NYCbrit
    +1
    Just another thing to be scared of if you let yourself be. The world's a scary place filled with dangers. It's important to be educated but not live in fear.
  • Mark 2012/08/10 13:56:34
    Mark
    It is every Americans' right to carry guns in one pocket and a baggie of anthrax in the other.
  • snell/G... Mark 2012/08/14 05:27:28 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    ....you sound as bright as burned out light bulb.....
  • Ken 2012/08/10 05:04:22
    Ken
    +4
    "Anthrax commonly affects hoofed animals and is caused by a bacterium that forms
    spores that can become active in drought or floods. People can be
    infected by ingesting or breathing in spores or by coming in contact
    with infected animals, soil or water. The disease can be treated with
    antibiotics if it is caught early."

    This story is absolutely nothing to worry about. Anthrax is present in the soil and, as the story says, can affect hooved animals. There were stories in the old west of cowboys catching anthrax from diseased cattle - this event had nothing to do with terrorism.
  • ☆ QueenAline 2012/08/10 03:03:10
    ☆ QueenAline
    +2
    Good grief.....every day that goes by, there is something else to be worried about...Thank God the Dept of Agriculture was on top of this....who know where else it lurks? Great post snell
  • snell/G... ☆ Queen... 2012/08/10 04:15:20
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +2
    Thankyou Queen A
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2012/08/10 01:10:39
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +3
    Anthrax!?!?!? Where the heck did the cattle contract anthrax?? Good Lord! That's not good at all!! The potential there of this spreading can be very high depending on the drought situation there. Yeesh! I hope the citizens around there are o.k.
  • snell/G... bman~AV... 2012/08/10 04:16:22 (edited)
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/08/09 22:56:01
    Inquisitve Kat
    +4
    Yikes! I'm glad they discovered the problem, before it spread.

    I'm not overly concerned... animals can be vaccinated, to prevent anthrax... it's something farmers should consider, facing droughts or floods.
  • keeper 2012/08/09 22:20:16
    keeper
    +4
    Wonder where it came from~~
  • snell/G... keeper 2012/08/10 04:20:53 (edited)
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +3
    http://www.bio.davidson.edu/p.......this might help explain it some.....apparently it is some sort of 'spore' or 'fungus' which naturally grows or incubates in ground sometimes for decades - and under the right environmental conditionas it surfaces, is my understanding.
  • Stef and the City 2012/08/09 22:17:39
    Stef and the City
    +3
    Great, just another thing for us to worry about...
    This is very scary stuff.
  • Peggy 2012/08/09 21:17:47
    Peggy
    +3
    Seems like everything is happening in Colo.
  • snell/G... Peggy 2012/08/10 04:24:57
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +4
    good point....
  • Red Peggy 2012/08/11 06:53:55
  • Peggy Red 2012/08/11 13:27:15
    Peggy
    Like it, maybe a plague of locust.
  • Red Peggy 2012/08/11 16:53:33 (edited)
  • Peggy Red 2012/08/11 18:08:28
    Peggy
    +3
    I am praying not only for the safety of this whole nation (from the beast) but that eyes will be open and this country will be saved from The Beast.
  • snell/G... Red 2012/08/15 02:22:10
  • snell/G... Red 2012/08/15 02:21:30
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    distraction.......
  • Red snell/G... 2012/08/15 06:06:50
  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2012/08/09 20:58:59
  • JMCC 2012/08/09 20:52:34
    JMCC
    +4
    Very,

    I suspect the extremely dry weather has permitted the spores to come up through ground normally covered with grass through the action of the cows hoofs.

    The spores can lie dormant for hundreds of years and a little moisture is all that it takes to set it going - which is why it attacks the lungs first.

    The spores can be carried on the wind....
  • snell/G... JMCC 2012/08/10 04:30:59
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +1
    so are u saying that it never rains for all those years and then finally it does and 'poof' - we got communicable Anthrax???
  • JMCC snell/G... 2012/08/10 10:21:11
    JMCC
    +2
    More or less. The UK did some pretty extensive research on Anthrax - we infected an uninhabited island someway off the coast of Scotland - it is now known as "Anthrax Island". It was discovered to still have high levels of the spores some 50 years after infection.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
  • Mary snell/G... 2012/08/10 13:39:07
    Mary
    +1
    It's very suspicious...
  • ReconMarine~PWCM*AVA*BTTB*JLA* 2012/08/09 20:36:26
  • snell/G... ReconMa... 2012/08/10 04:32:16
    snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cliques
    +2
    yep THIS administration is fishing for votes - that's the ONLY way O'zero will make president a second term!
  • ReconMa... snell/G... 2012/08/12 01:01:48
  • Mary ReconMa... 2012/08/10 13:42:51
    Mary
    +1
    I think Barry is definitely a "person of interest" in all of this....
  • ReconMa... Mary 2012/08/12 01:02:44
  • Mary ReconMa... 2012/08/12 01:10:56
    Mary
    +2
    ...and now...all of a sudden...a new drug resistant Ebola virus emerges in Uganda....
  • ReconMa... Mary 2012/08/12 01:22:23

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