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Letter: Anthrax danger

Published: Monday, Aug. 11 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

The report "Official: Anthrax found in bison, no food concern" (August 4) in the Deseret News was reassuring that the outbreak of a case among bison in South Dakota seems to pose no health concerns for food consumers due to vaccinations. However, I would point out that such outbreaks should be taken seriously.

As the report noted, a seemingly healthy animal can look healthy one day and be dead a mere 24 hours later. However, in the year 2005, an Anthrax outbreak caused the death of more than 1,000 bison. This is truly tragic and with availability of vaccine, it shouldn't be ignored. The animals are too precious and prevention is available.

This must be taken seriously. Otherwise, its ramifications could escalate with further tragic outbreaks.

James Marples

Provo

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