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Michigan: 2 Possible High-risk Areas for Bovine Tuberculosis

17:58PM Feb 09, 2015

Michigan has established two potential high-risk areas for bovine tuberculosis after two cases were confirmed in free-ranging white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County.

The state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Monday announced the areas after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed the cases.

This designation requires testing for cattle and bison herds within a 10-mile radius of a tuberculosis-positive deer within the next six months. Tests will be required in parts of Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties. Some recently-tested herds won't need new tests.

A meeting is Feb. 26 at Presque Isle District Library in Rogers City.

Bovine TB is a bacterial disease that can be fatal for cattle, deer and other animals. Michigan has been testing cattle for bovine TB since 1995.

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