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New anthrax threat!
Who would have thought it, but according to this article a decline in the vulture population could result in a serious anthrax threat around the globe. It appears that a veterinary drug given to cattle in life causes their carcasses to become lethal to vulture, should they die in the field.

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mergyeugnau From: mergyeugnau Date: July 28th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

I wouldn't say 'serious'...

The article references a potential for increased incidence of animal and human anthrax cases, not the magnitude. Much of the concern in Asia and Africa appears to originate from the practice of leaving carcasses to rot, which might be addressed through behavioral changes even if the drug remains in use. (Although this is less likely to occur in India due to religious conviction.)

The article also notes "There is little concern the problem will spread to the United States, because the drug is not approved for use in cattle here and ranchers generally don't leave carcasses to rot in the field."

What is of most concern is the immediate and definite threat of extinction to the birds themselves.

For a link to the original article's abstract: http://tinyurl.com/rzunb
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