(Hettinger County, ND) — Concerns over an ongoing anthrax outbreak are growing among North Dakota cattle ranchers. The outbreak began this year in Grant County, where eighteen cases were reported. However, the cases seem to be spreading, as two cases have now been confirmed in neighboring Hettinger County, along with one more in Adams County. Anthrax is a bacteria that lives in the soil and can be extremely dangerous to warm-blooded mammals, including humans and cows. Health officials are asking ranchers to vaccinate their livestock, and to properly dispose of any animal carcasses infected with anthrax bacteria.