Friday, October 17, 2008

NEW YORK NEWS: TB Found in Captive Deer

State officials say the health of wild deer and domestic animals could be threatened by the discovery of tuberculosis in a captive deer in Columbia County.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets says one animal in a captive herd of red and fallow deer tested positive for TB in routine testing and was euthanized.

The disease may affect nearly any organ in livestock and causes the animal to grow thin and weak.

The affected herd has been quarantined and animals on nearby farms will be tested to make sure the disease is isolated. In addition, the Department of Environmental Conservation plans to sample road-killed and hunter-killed deer for the disease. Hunters are advised to wear gloves while butchering deer.

The Health Department says strains of TB infecting deer can infect humans.

Source: Newsday

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