BISMARCK – Laboratory testing has identified tuberculosis in a beef cow in south central North Dakota.

“The National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA, has reported that initial tests of the   animal were positive for TB,” said Dr. Susan Keller, state veterinarian. “Results of additional testing should be available in six to eight weeks.”

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Melvin Leland, president of the State Board of Animal Health (BOAH), emphasized that the incident poses no immediate health risk to the general public, since the cow has been removed from the herd and destroyed.

They said the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the BOAH will work with USDA-APHIS Veterinary Services to complete all necessary testing to ensure the safety of the state’s livestock industry.

The State Health Department is being kept informed of the matter.

Keller said the animal was identified as a result of a trace-out investigation in Texas. An investigation is ongoing in North Dakota.

North Dakota has been recognized as “TB-free” by USDA since 1976.  The state’s last reported case of bovine tuberculosis in a herd was in 1999.

 

Source: ND Dept of AG