Minnesota TB investigation discovers infected cattle herd

MINNESOTA, US - Beef cattle herd within 10-mile area tests positive for bovine TB.
calendar icon 31 October 2006
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St. Paul, Minn n The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that a cow from a farm in Beltrami County tested positive for bovine tuberculosis (TB). Minnesota has now detected bovine TB in seven beef herds in Roseau and Beltrami counties.

As part of the disease investigation, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health asked northwestern Minnesota cattle producers within 10 miles of an infected beef herd or infected white-tail deer to test their cattle for bovine tuberculosis (TB). As part of this testing, two animals from a Beltrami beef herd tested suspect for bovine TB. Tissue samples were submitted to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, where a diagnosis of bovine TB was confirmed in an 18-month-old beef heifer on Monday. The other animal was negative.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is coordinating the details of indemnification and depopulation with the owner of the infected herd. State and federal officials have already begun tracking animal movements into and out of this operation. The newly detected herd is small and has had minimal animal movement.

Source: minnesotafarmguide.com
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