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Bovine Tuberculosis Found In Doe In Franklin County

Last updated on Thursday, August 18, 2016

(FRANKLIN) - The State Board of Animal Health says bovine tuberculosis has been found in the in Indiana for the first time.

Officials says bovine TB has been diagnosed in a white-tailed deer in Franklin County and has triggered significant changes in disease-monitoring requirements for cattle owners and deer hunters in the area.

Under federal requirements, finding TB in a free-ranging wild animal means testing of all cattle must expand from 3 miles to 10 miles and surveillance in hunter-harvested deer will intensify.

Officials say about 400 farms are registered in the 10-mile testing zone.

The board says it's working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to test wildlife on the cattle farm where the disease was found in a 2-year-old doe. The doe was killed to help stop the spread of the disease.

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