Karen Eggert (301) 734-0603
USDA CHANGES CALIFORNIA’S BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS STATUS
WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2008--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is reclassifying California as modified accredited advanced for bovine tuberculosis (TB). This action is necessary to reduce the likelihood of the spread of the disease within the United States.
APHIS had listed California as an accredited-free state for bovine TB. An epidemiological investigation of a TB-positive cow found through slaughter surveillance in December 2007 resulted in the confirmation of an affected dairy herd. The investigation continued, and officials recently identified two additional affected dairy herds. The finding of a second affected herd within a 48-month period means that California no longer meets the requirements for accredited-free status.
Bovine TB 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. If a producer suspects TB in their herd, they should isolate the animal immediately and contact their veterinarian for a proper diagnosis.
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