Anthrax in Beef - Minnesota, North Dakota




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RTM: Cohen: Anthrax in Minnesota beef 8.21.1 rmforall

[Rich Murray: At the end of this alarming post are three items that I immediately found by going to   and searching    Anthrax, Minnesota  . Anthrax has been diagnosed 200 times in cows in Minnesota since 1909, but has resulted in very few human cases, and certainly has not led to an epidemic...

I have been a vegan since Jan, 1999, and am very grateful to Robert Cohen for alerting me to the serious dangers of milk products. However, I believe the enormous potential of the Net as the natural governing forum for our race will be greatly aided, as everyone chooses to practice a high standard of reasonable, straightforward, nonmanipulative communication, based on evidence, open-mindedly gathered and whole-mindedly thought through. The Golden Rule applies: to get gold, give gold...]

     Date:  Tue, 21 Aug 2001 09:49:33 -0000


Remember that irresistible little blonde girl (Heather O'Rourke) in the 1982 movie Poltergeist? She touches her parent's television screen and eerily announces:

   "They're here."

Well, middle America, I've got some extremely disturbing news for you.

Something equally frightening is here, and your diet is about to change, big time. You may soon be exploring the joys of tofu.


Let's compare Anthrax to Foot and Mouth (Hoof and Mouth) Disease, shall we?

Compared to Anthrax, Foot and Mouth Disease is that cute little baby dog playing with a ball of string in the front window of the mega mall puppy mill store. Anthrax is Stephen King's CUJO with an acute case of manic depression.

Do I have your attention? I hope so, because we've got Anthrax in America.

When Foot and Mouth Disease plagued England, American meat producers feared that an outbreak in the United States might have meant an end to our meat industry.

Now that USDA attempts to contain an Anthrax epidemic, a news blackout protects the meat industry from a food panic, the likes of which has never been experienced in America.

Humans do not catch Foot and Mouth Disease from infected animals. That factoid didn't stop concerned British regulators from destroying millions of animals this past year.

However, humans can catch Anthrax from infected Animals. Remember how the army vaccinated American soldiers during the Gulf War? They were terrified of Anthrax.

The Pentagon considers Anthrax to be one of the most deadly of all potential biological weapons.

Which brings us to the state of terror in the state of Minnesota.

Sunday's (August 19, 2001) Minnesota Star Tribune newspaper reported:


State officials have discovered Anthrax infected cattle in 12 different herds throughout northwestern Minnesota. So far, 85 animals have been destroyed. Entire herds have been quarantined.

Right about now, how delicious does that Land O'Lakes butter sound to you? Did you know that the Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Company is headquartered in Minnesota? How about a cup of their new Super-Max Anthrax?


Anthrax infection can occur in three ways:

Through skin, inhalation, and through food. Anthrax spores can live in the soil for many years and humans can become infected by inhaling Anthrax from contaminated animal products. Humans can also get Anthrax by eating meat from infected animals.

The first case of Anthrax in Minnesota was discovered seven weeks ago.

Why are we now just learning about this? The United States Department of Agriculture is good at keeping secrets. Perhaps they believe that the people selling McDonald's hamburgers deserve a break today.

I do not share that philosophy. Will the news get out? Only one newspaper has reported this blockbuster story. The rest have quarantined truth. The only avenue of free information left to us all is the World Wide Web. Please use it!

News of deadly Anthrax infestation in America's meat industry might create a whole lot of new vegetarians.

According to the story, the Anthrax is spreading to deer. Will the deer carry the disease deep into the woods and then spread it to other farms?

Stay tuned.

Robert Cohen
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Anthrax cases have been diagnosed in seven beef herds: one each in Clay, Becker, Pennington and Marshall counties and three in Roseau County. There have been 31 farms diagnosed with Anthrax in North Dakota.
University of Minnesota   College of Veterinary Medicine
Anthrax in Minnesota     By Jeff Bender and Mike Pullen
Anthrax is an infective disease of both human beings and animals caused by the bacteria, Bacillus anthracis. Anthrax has been reported worldwide and in nearly every state in the United States. In Minnesota, anthrax has been diagnosed over 200 times on 169 farms since 1909. More recent anthrax outbreaks have been reported in 1969, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 2000.
Minnesota family treated for anthrax
The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. (September 8, 2000 12:06 a.m. EDT - Six members of a Minnesota family were treated after eating meat from a cow that had anthrax, health officials said Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Health didn't provide information on their conditions, but said two developed symptoms of gastrointenstinal anthrax. Anthrax usually infects the skin, but can affect the digestive track and respiratory system.

"There's never been a case of gastrointestinal anthrax reported in the United States," said Richard Danila, assistant state epidemiologist. "This was a very unique set of circumstances that happened whereby a family of six consumed meat found to be heavily contaminated with anthrax."

They raised the cow on their own farm and had it processed at a small custom slaughterhouse. Regulators don't inspect meat in such cases because it was for the family's own use.

The health department said the general public isn't at risk because animals processed for commercial sale are inspected.

Cattle catch the disease by ingesting spores from the anthrax bacteria, but humans rarely become infected. If inhaled, anthrax can be deadly in humans.

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