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Cow from Mid-Michigan farm tests positive for bovine TB

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A two-year-old steer in Mid-Michigan has recently tested positive for Bovine tuberculosis.

The cow was found to be diseased during an inspection by the Food Safety Inspection Service.

It was removed from the human food chain and investigators located the farm in Huron County that sent the animal to slaughter. The cow was also at two prior farms in Presque Isle County.

The other farms will be tested to make sure other animals are not diseased.

“Cattle properly identified with RFID can be traced in minutes,” said Dr. Rick Smith, Assistant State Veterinarian. “Not only can we find the most recent owner, we can successfully track where the animal has moved, allowing us to stamp out disease before it spreads.”

A three-mile surveillance area has been set up around the affected farm in Huron County. The farms have six months to complete bovine TB testing. 

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