By Joshua Kato
Anthrax is indeed common in domesticated animals, especially those near game parks because it is also common in wild animals like hippos.
This is why controlling it is key. Recently the disease broke out in Kyotera.
-Anthrax is caused by a bacterium called bacillus anthracis that is carried through anthrax organisms that live in the soil for a long time.
-In the soil where they live, anthrax organisms exist in a dormant form called spores. These spores are hard and difficult to destroy.
-Most of the spores come after serious weather changes, for example, when there is drought and the ground is almost bare. As the animals comb the area in search of minerals from the soil, they are exposed to the spores and then anthrax is born.
-Also due to excessive rains, landslides occur. When they occur, the soils open up and the spores come out of the soil and remain on the surface, making it easy for animals to pick them up as they graze.