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Anthrax erupts in Texas livestock

Associated Press

Sunday, July 8, 2001

SAN ANTONIO -- An anthrax outbreak in South Texas has ranchers on alert.

Officials have sent out warnings that hundreds of deer and several horses and cattle have died in the last week.

The Texas Animal Health Commission says exposures to the disease have been reported in several counties.

In Del Rio, a ranch worker who skinned an animal that may have died from the disease is believed to have contracted anthrax. Officials say he's responding to treatment.

Anthrax is a bacteria sometimes is used in biological warfare. It rapidly produces toxins that cause severe damage to the respiratory system and brain. Untreated patients usually die within days.

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