Potential High Risk Areas around TB Positive Deer Established
LANSING – Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), established two “Potential High Risk Areas” for bovine Tuberculosis (TB) after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed two bovine TB positive free-ranging white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County.
This designation requires all cattle and bison herds located within a 10-mile radius of a TB positive deer be tested for bovine TB within the next six months. If a whole herd test was conducted on a farm less than six months prior to February 9, 2015, the herd will not need another test. A Potential High Risk Area is established when a TB positive free-ranging deer is found. Cattle farms are tested to assure our trading partners that the disease has not been transmitted from local deer to cattle.
Cattle and bison farms in Presque Isle County and Cheboygan County townships within a 10-mile radius around the Presque Isle County TB positive deer will have to be tested in the next six months. Cattle farms in the Modified Accredited Zone are already TB tested on an annual basis, so there is no additional TB testing required in those townships.
All impacted cattle owners will be privately contacted by MDARD and asked to schedule a test to avoid the inconvenience of a quarantine being placed on their farms during fair season or sales. A meeting will be held to discuss the TB Program and the designation of the Potential High Risk Area at the following time and location:
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Presque Isle District Library
Address: 181 East Erie Street, Rogers City, MI 49779
For more information on bovine TB in Michigan, visit: www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.