USDA Upgrades New Mexico’s Bovine Tuberculosis Status, Lessening Restrictions on Movement of Cattle and Bison
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the boundaries of the bovine tuberculosis risk classification zones for the state of New Mexico.
Curry and Roosevelt counties, which were previously classified as modified accredited advanced, now meet the requirements for accredited-free status. The entire state of New Mexico now meets the requirements for accredited-free status. These actions lessen restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison from these areas of New Mexico.
APHIS classifies states or zones within states according to their prevalence levels of bovine tuberculosis. There are five classifications: accredited-free, modified accredited advanced, modified accredited, accreditation preparatory and nonaccredited. Restrictions on the interstate movement of cattle and bison become less stringent as a state approaches or achieves accredited-free status.
Bovine tuberculosis is a contagious and infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium bovis. It affects cattle, bison, deer, elk, goats and other warm-blooded species and can be fatal. The disease can be transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected animals or consumption of raw milk. It is not transmitted through pasteurized milk.
Notice of this interim rule is published in the Oct. 4 Federal Register and becomes effective upon publication.
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