Bovine TB found in North Dakota

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North Dakota State Health Department officials have confirmed the state’s first bovine tuberculosis case since 1999.

Tests confirmed bovine TB in a beef cow in south-central North Dakota.

“The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA, has reported that initial tests of the  animal were positive for TB,” Dr. Susan Keller, state veterinarian, said in a news release. “Results of additional testing should be available in six to eight weeks.”

The cow, which originated in Texas, was removed from the herd and destroyed.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Melvin Leland, president of the State Board of Animal Health, point that the incident poses no immediate health risks.

North Dakota has been recognized as “TB-free” by the USDA since 1976.

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