Bovine TB Confirmed In
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) has been
confirmed in a northwestern
“We were alerted to the possibility
of the presence of the disease when routine slaughter surveillance detected a
possible case,” she said. “We were able
to trace the cow in question to a
No meat from the TB positive animal entered the food supply.
TB is primarily an economic threat to cattle producers. States without “TB Free Status” may be required to test cattle before transporting them across some state lines.
“We are working very hard to do everything we can to minimize the economic impact of this situation and also to safeguard our state’s beef industry,” she said. “We will now begin testing herds that border the ranch the TB positive animal came from.”
The bacterial disease is caused by Mycobacterium bovis and can spread to other species including humans. Brewer said the risk to humans is extremely low.
“Most human cases of this form of TB have historically come from drinking un-pasteurized milk,” she said. “It can also be spread through aerosols or breaks in the skin but this is extremely rare.”
The disease is treatable if humans do in fact contract it.