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Second Bovine Tuberculosis Case Confirmed In Indiana
Updated December 29, 2016 7:58 AM | Filed under: Agriculture
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(FRANKLIN CO.) - State regulators are looking into a second case of Bovine Tuberculosis in beef cattle.

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health Tuesday confirmed a herd in Franklin County in southeastern Indiana is sick.

Tuberculosis in cows can spread to people.

The Board of Animal Health says the sick herd is in quarantine.

The newly identified positive herd is within the existing 10-mile surveillance zone. No new herds need to be tested as a result of this finding; all neighboring herds within 3 miles have already tested negative.

As of December 23, 2016, 335 herds totaling 5,067 head of cattle in the surveillance zone have been tested. To meet the year-end goal, 35 more herds need to be tested. Although cattle testing is winding down, wild deer surveillance will continue per a plan developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

"We have received excellent cooperation and support from cattle producers, veterinarians, local officials and hunters," says State Veterinarian Dr. Bret D. Marsh. "BOAH's primary goal is to find infection wherever it may exist so it can be eliminated. Testing in the 10-mile circle plus the Whitewater River corridor is working well, and so far only one additional herd has been found positive."

As surveillance testing progresses, BOAH continues to identify more test-eligible cattle premises in the area. If
you know of a cattle premises in the surveillance testing zone that has not been tested contact Jean Doerflein at
(317) 544-2387 or JDoerflein@boah.IN.gov.



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