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Cheboygan deer tests positive for TB

Submitted by on April 16, 2010 – 6:09 amNo Comment


Officials with the Department of Natural Resources and Environment have confirmed that a deer in Cheboygan County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
The deer was harvested at a private livestock farm in January and test results recently confirmed the disease.  A plan is already in place to test as least 300 deer in a 10-mile radius of where the infected animal was shot.  Testing will continue for 5 years after the last TB positive deer is found.
The livestock farm where the deer was harvested is located in the southeastern corner of Cheboygan County, near the borders of Presque Isle and Montmorency counties. 

The disease began showing up a decade ago in cattle, deer and other animals. It has been confined primarily to the northeastern Lower Peninsula.