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Published November 10, 2011, 11:31 AM

Tuberculosis found in SD cattle herd

PIERRE, S.D. — State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven (OH’-dih-koh-vin) says bovine tuberculosis has been found in a South Dakota cattle herd.

PIERRE, S.D. — State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven (OH’-dih-koh-vin) says bovine tuberculosis has been found in a South Dakota cattle herd.

Oedekoven says the herd in Hutchinson County is under quarantine, and an investigation is being conducted to determine if other herds are affected. Additional testing will be conducted in herds associated with the infected herd.

Bovine tuberculosis is a slowly progressing disease. Cattle with advanced stages may show difficulty in breathing or may cough.

Oedekoven says the infection of the Hutchinson County herd poses no threat to food safety.

The U.S. Agriculture Department has recognized South Dakota as a tuberculosis-accredited-free state since 1982. South Dakota kept that status despite finding two affected herds in 2010.

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