TB discovered in Nebraska cattle herd
June 2, 2009
A herd of beef cattle in Rock County, NE, has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, according to state veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes. The state department of agriculture and USDA are working with the owner of the cattle, who has been cooperating with both agencies.
The herd is under quarantine and is undergoing herd testing and an epidemiological investigation, to determine the source of the infection and the extent of the spread of the disease. Neighboring premises are being contacted to determine if the disease has spread beyond the original premises. Rock County is in north central Nebraska.
Dr. Hughes cautioned that the testing “will take a significant amount of time.” The state did not indicate how many of the herd tested positive for TB, or the size of the herd. Published reports say it’s not clear yet if Nebraska will lose its TB-free status. If it did, increased testing would be required to move cattle.