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Officials say testing confirms bovine tuberculosis infection in Alcona County beef cattle herd


LANSING, Michigan — Officials say a small beef cattle herd has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Alcona County.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Thursday the infection was confirmed after testing of the herd by the agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It's the 62nd cattle herd found to have the infectious bacterial disease in Michigan since 1998 and the second this year.

Bovine TB primarily affects cows but can be transmitted between wildlife and other mammals, including humans. The disease is widespread among wild deer in the area of the infested cattle farm.

A meeting for beef and dairy cattle producers in Alcona County is scheduled for Aug. 6 at the Barton City Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

Online: http://www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases

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