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Diseased animal

Can I still use the animal No
Commonly infected wildlife Bison and Deer
Is this animal infected
  • Living animals may be slow, weak, disoriented and dead within hours to days
  • Dead animals bloat and decompose quickly
  • There may be a bloody discharge from the mouth, nose and anus
Can I get it Yes
  • Through cuts, open sores and scratches
  • Inhaling spores from contaminated materials, such as dust and grass
  • Eating undercooked meat
How bad can it get


Inhaled anthrax is fatal. Avoid dead animals.
How can I protect myself and others

Animals suspected of having anthrax:

Symptoms in humans
  • Cutaneous (skin) anthrax:
    • Most common type of anthrax infection in people
    • Small painless sore blister
    • Ulcer with a black center
  • Inhalation (lungs) anthrax:
    • Fever, sore throat, general ill-feeling
    • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain
    • Breathing difficulties, death
  • Gastrointestinal (digestive) anthrax:
    • Fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
Is it safe for pets NO - Carcasses should not be opened or cut into
What causes it
  • Toxins from the bacteria Bacillus anthracis
  • Anthrax has been reported in plains bison from the prairies