More anthrax deaths occur on Sask. farm

More animals have died on a Saskatchewan farm under quarantine for anthrax.

Provincial agriculture officials wouldn’t say exactly how many had died in addition to the seven found dead in late August.

“Some additional animals have died of suspected anthrax at the same premises since the original deaths were confirmed,” said an email from the ministry. “This is not unexpected.”

The farm is located in the Rural Municipality of Chester southeast of Regina. Officials have not identified what type of animals has been affected.

The quarantine remains in place and will be until at least seven days after the last death occurs and clean-up has taken place.

The deaths are the first since three cattle and bison farms were affected in 2015.

Producers are reminded to vaccinate for anthrax. The spores live in the soil and are disturbed by water and animals.

Affected animals can die within hours.

The ministry said “appropriate” carcass disposal is underway. Carcasses should be burned completely and buried.

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