TB Found In South Dakota Herd

US - Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has again been found in a South Dakota beef herd.
calendar icon 10 November 2011
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State animal health officials have confirmed that a Hutchinson County herd is affected.

The herd is under quarantine, and an investigation is ongoing to determine if other herds are affected.

“We are working closely with the herd owner, veterinarians, and USDA officials,” said State Veterinarian Dr Dustin Oedekoven. “Our immediate goal is to determine if additional herds are affected and to limit the economic impact of this disease on South Dakota’s cattle industry.”

Additional testing will be conducted in herds associated with the affected herd, he said.

Dr Oedekoven stated that there is no threat to food safety as a result of this finding.

South Dakota has been recognised as a TB-Accredited-Free state by USDA since 1982. The State was allowed to keep that status despite finding two affected herds in January 2010.

The herds identified in 2010 were depopulated, and an extensive investigation was completed.

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