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Another cattle herd in Alcona Co. tests positive for bovine TB

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Another cattle herd in Alcona County has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.

National Veterinary Services Laboratories confirmed the medium size beef herd was positive for the disease on Monday.

“As in all new findings of infected cattle herds, additional testing will be done to identify the specific bacterial strain, and trace testing will begin in order to identify any potential additional cases associated with the affected herd,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland.

Michigan has been working to eradicate bovine TB in cattle since 1998 when a cattle herd tested positive in Alpena County. The Alcona County herd is Michigan’s 77th cattle herd to be identified with bovine TB.

Bovine TB is a bacterial disease that can affect all mammals, including humans. It is present in the free-ranging white-tailed deer population in a specific area of northeastern lower Michigan and can be transmitted from the deer into cattle herds.