North Dakota Animal Tests Positive for Bovine TB

US - A North Dakota Beef herd is being tested for bovine tuberculosis, following the identification of a cow with a TB lesion at a Minnesota meat processing plant.
calendar icon 9 December 2008
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"We are in the early stages of the investigation, and complete results of the herd tests won’t be known for several weeks," said Dr. Susan Keller, state veterinarian.

Keller said that a suspect lesion on the animal was detected through routine inspection at a processing plant in Long Prairie, MN, and that pathological tests at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA, confirmed the diagnosis of bovine TB. A traceback determined that the animal came from a livestock operation in southwestern North Dakota.

North Dakota has been officially TB-free since Jan. 1, 1976. Under federal guidelines, that status remains in effect. The last time a North Dakota herd tested positive for the disease was in 1999 in Morton County.

A chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, bovine TB can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. In its early stages, clinical signs are not visible, making diagnosis difficult. Later symptoms may include low-grade fever, lethargy, emaciation, anorexia, pneumonia, chronic coughing and lymph node enlargement.

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