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Bovine tuberculosis confirmed in Tripp Co. cattle

TRIPP COUNTY, S.D. — Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Tripp County, S.D., beef herd.

The infected cow was identified by meat inspectors during a routine inspection in October at a Texas slaughterhouse and official records linked the cow to a Tripp County herd, according to State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven.

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic respiratory disease of cattle, and infected animals can transmit the infection to other animals in close proximity.

"We are working closely with the affected herd owner, (United States Department of Agriculture) officials, area veterinarians, neighboring herd owners and wildlife officials to evaluate the extent of the disease," Oedekoven said in a press release.

Officials' investigation will look to determine the source of the infection and precautions have been put in place to protect the health of the state's cattle industry, Oedekoven said.

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