Information received on 16/09/2019 from Dr Silvio Borrello, Chief Veterinary Officer, Food Safety and Collegial Bodies for Health Protection, Ministère de la Santé, Department for Veterinary Public Health, Rome, Italy
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 31/08/2019
Date of confirmation of the event 02/09/2019
Report date 16/09/2019
Date submitted to OIE 16/09/2019
Date event resolved 12/11/2019
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 13/02/2019
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Bacillus anthracis
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (16/09/2019)
Follow-up report No. 1 (08/10/2019)
Follow-up report No. 2 (06/12/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (ANTH_1_FG_2019) San Marco in Lamis, FOGGIA, Puglia
Date of start of the outbreak 31/08/2019
Outbreak status Resolved (15/10/2019)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 42 3 3 0 0
Affected population The herd affected is a free-ranging herd. Three bovines found dead were affected by Anthrax. The carcasses of the three bovines were rendered. In the farm there are 32 cattle, 554 sheep and 81 goats all regularly vaccinated. In addition, all the farms located within a 1 kilometer radius of the outbreak center were vaccinated.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 42 3 3 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cattle 7.14% 7.14% 100.00% 7.14%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Puglia and Basilicata - Foggia (National laboratory) Cattle bacteriological examination 02/09/2019 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations