Minnesota tuberculosis (TB) status upgraded in October by USDA
ST. PAUL, MN – Nearly five years after detecting bovine tuberculosis (TB) in northwestern Minnesota, the Board of Animal Health has received notification that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will upgrade the majority of Minnesota to TB-Free in October 2010.
With the approval of Minnesota’s status upgrade application, a large part of the state will be classified TB-Free and a smaller section of northwestern Minnesota will be upgraded from Modified Accredited (MA) to Modified Accredited Advanced (MAA).
“This is the next step in moving our entire state towards becoming TB-Free,” said Minnesota Board of Animal Health Executive Director and State Veterinarian Dr. Bill Hartmann. “Livestock producers, our staff, numerous state agencies, the USDA, and so many others have been working tirelessly to get this job done. We remain committed to eliminating this disease once and for all.”
With this change in status levels, cattle from the new TB-Free area will be subject to less federal TB testing requirements when moving from state to state. Herds in the new MAA and Management Zones will continue to be subject to shipping and testing restrictions. Maps and information are posted on the state’s bovine TB Web site at http://www.mntbfree.com. Producers should continue to contact the receiving state’s animal health agency to verify shipping requirements.
It has been more than 18 months since a TB-infected herd has been detected in northwestern Minnesota. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently announced that 450 deer removed earlier this year as part of a disease eradication effort by sharpshooting tested negative for TB.
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