Commonly infected wildlife
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?
- 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.
Protect myself and others
Animals suspected of having anthrax:
- DO NOT TOUCH or EAT!
- Wear a proper filter mask
- Contact The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, State Department of Health, or the ND Board of Animal Health
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
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