A cow in Jim Wells County, Texas, was found with anthrax in its system. Agriculture officials and ranchers in the area are on high alert.

Conditions in South Texas are ideal for anthrax growth, Clayton Hilton, associate professor and the direct of the Veterinary Technology Program at Texas A&M Kingsville, told Kiii News in Texas. He said that drought followed by heavy rains presents a danger for cattle to ingest anthrax.

The bacterium gets in the animals' bloodstreams and internal organs, then causes rapid decomposition, Hilton said.

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