Anthrax is treatable with the proper antibiotic therapy. However cases of anthrax are often undiagnosed until after the death of the horse. Bacillus anthracis is usually susceptible to common antibiotics such as penicillin and oxytetracyline, although the disease must be caught early and treated vigorously in order for treatment to be successful.
There is a vaccine approved for use in livestock in the U.S. for anthrax, but horse owners should not use this vaccine unless their animals are located in an endemic area. Luckily, encountering anthrax spores in the U.S. is rare, with most recent outbreaks occurring mostly sporadically in the western part of the country and the Dakotas.
Small structures that filter out the lymph and store lymphocytes
a condition in which an animal must be controlled in some manner in order to prevent a disease from spreading
The term for domesticated farm animals that are raised for work, wool, milk, and other products and uses. May include pigs, cows, horses, and poultry.
A medical condition in which the small intestines are inflamed
The presence of a disease within a given area
The singular form of the word bacteria; a tiny, microscopic organism only made up of one cell.