A small Salvadoran town is under a state of emergency after dozens of horses and cows apparently died of anthrax infections.
A state of quarantine is also in effect until all cattle are vaccinated in the Berlin area, a mountainous village of 25,000 people 110 kilometers (70 miles) east of San Salvador.
At least 60 horses have died since December in the majority of the 43 small neighborhoods of Berlin, officials said. The Agriculture and Farming Ministry said that the outbreak was not an isolated incident.
"This is an illness that the entire country has experienced and generally occurs in the summer months," the ministry reported in a statement. The statement went on to say that agriculture officials have reported only 29 horse deaths in the region.
A quarantine in effect since Sunday prohibits cattle from being brought in or out of Berlin during the inoculations and also bans meat sales.
Officials also recommended that farmers and ranchers burn and then bury dead animals at least 3 meters (10 feet) underground to prevent further contamination of humans and animals.
Anthrax occurs naturally in the soil through out El Salvador and much of the rest of Latin America, and animals infected with the disease often shed spores on the ground where they can lurk for decades. Still, health officials report that spores from sick animals very rarely cause anthrax in humans who live and work around them.