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Brucellosis identified in MT herd

HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Department of Livestock on Dec. 30 reported that a single cow on a Madison County ranch within Montana's brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area has been confirmed positive for brucellosis.

HELENA, Mont. - The Montana Department of Livestock on Dec. 30 reported that a single cow on a Madison County ranch within Montana's brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area has been confirmed positive for brucellosis.

The brucellosis-infected cow was identified during a voluntary whole-herd test. The animal was euthanized, and infection was subsequently confirmed at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, when the bacteria was cultured from tissue collected from the animal. The ranch has been placed under quarantine and an epidemiological investigation has begun. All other animals on the ranch tested negative for the disease.

State Veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski said the discovery of the single animal provides evidence that annual whole herd testing is an effective method for DSA producers to protect themselves. Among other benefits, early detection helps to prevent disease spread within a herd, minimizing the time needed to clean up a herd and remove quarantine. The positive animal was tested negative the prior year.

Past cases of brucellosis in livestock were the result of transmission from infected wild elk as determined by an epidemiological investigation that included genetic fingerprinting (genotyping) of the cultured bacteria.

This is the 10th brucellosis-affected herd found since the creation of the DSA in 2010.

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