BISMARCK, ND - The State Board of Animal Health and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) to investigate and test cattle in North Dakota related to herds in South Dakota affected by bovine tuberculosis. Testing to date has found no evidence of tuberculosis infection in North Dakota.
Tuberculosis was recently found in a Harding County, S.D., beef herd after
routine slaughter surveillance discovered cows with lesions. The herd has been under quarantine since the discovery and will be depopulated. A second adjacent herd has confirmed TB in one cow that was originally from the initial herd. Additional investigation into that herd is continuing.
North Dakota State Veterinarian Dr. Susan Keller said that appropriate
movement restrictions have been put in place to protect the state's livestock industry. "It is important for anyone moving livestock to follow all import and export requirements of their state," Keller said. "Producers should work with their veterinarians to get health certificates and to ensure they are following correct protocol."
It is unknown at this point how the South Dakota herds were infected.
Tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease and can be transmitted from animals to humans and from humans to animals. It is caused by three specific types of bacteria that are part of the Mycobacterium (M.) group: M. bovis, M. avium
and M. tuberculosis.
More information regarding Tuberculosis is available at https://www.nd
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