Friday, January 25, 2008

MICHIGAN NEWS: Possible Case of Bovine TB in Deer Outside "TB Zone"

A case of bovine tuberculosis may have turned up well outside the part of Michigan where the disease previously has been concentrated.

State officials say a deer recently killed in Shiawassee County is suspected of carrying bovine TB. They are awaiting final test results. A hunter killed the deer more than 100 miles south of the TB Zone in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, where authorities have tried to contain the outbreak since the late 1990s.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture plans to schedule cattle herds for testing within a 10-mile radius of where the deer was taken. Meanwhile, the state has declared two sections of Iosco County as "potential high-risk areas" after bovine TB was confirmed in a couple of deer there.


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