Potential High-risk Area Designated for Bovine Tuberculosis

April 20, 2016 11:30 AM
Potential High-risk Area Designated for Bovine Tuberculosis

Officials say a potential high-risk area for bovine tuberculosis has been designated in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says Wednesday that the update comes after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed a bovine TB positive free-ranging white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County.

The designation requires all cattle and bison herds located within a 10-kilometer radius of a TB positive deer to be tested for bovine TB within the next six months.

An informational meeting will be held April 26 at Presque Isle District Library in Rogers City.

Bovine TB is an infectious disease that primarily affects cattle but can be spread between different mammals. Many whitetail deer in northeastern Michigan are carriers.

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