The south and southeastern regions have borne the brunt of the disease so far, with several herds quarantined.
Dr. Marc Phillipot of the St. Claude Veterinary Clinic points out most soils in Manitoba carry anthrax spores. He urges producers to watch for symptoms such as fever, off-feed, or bleeding disorders.
Phillipot notes the risk of anthrax infection is greatest in pastures grazed close to the ground. Despite no reports of anthrax in the Portage area, he's made preparations because anthrax showed up last year near St. Claude.