Once the most prevalent infectious disease of cattle and swine in the United States, bovine TB caused more losses among U.S. farm animals in the early part of this century than all other infectious diseases combined. Begun in 1917, the Cooperative State-Federal
Tuberculosis Eradication Program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), State animal health agencies, and U.S. livestock producers, has nearly eradicated bovine TB from the Nation's livestock population. The presence of bovine TB in humans has also been reduced as a result of several factors, including the eradication program and pasteurization of milk.
Regulations for Cattle and Bison
Regulations for Captive Cervids
Proposed Regulatory Changes
A working group has been established to discuss updating the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Program and combining regulatory language with the Brucellosis Eradication Program. For more information, please visit the Working Group Website.
Please submit your written comments about the current challenges and new approaches for future TB control and eradication to TB.Comments@aphis.usda.gov.