Bovine TB in Indiana Prompts Warnings for Ohio Cattle Owners

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Franklin County made history this week, but not for a good reason. Dr. Paul McGraw says the declaration is in response to the Hoosier State's recent announcement that a wild white-tailed deer was killed on the property of a TB positive beef herd.

"While the extent to which the disease may be present in the wild deer population is not known, cattle owners in southwest OH should be aware of this finding and take precautions", said Forshey.

Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that primarily affects cattle, but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. While clinical signs are not visible in early stages, signs that the disease is progressing may include emaciation, lethargy, weakness, anorexia, low-grade fever and pneumonia with a chronic, moist cough.

There are approximately 400 farms, with cattle, within the 10-mile radius of the original farm, according to the BOAH, with that extending into portions of other counties besides Franklin County. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will be reaching out to hunters in the coming weeks with further information on that testing.

"This is an enormous undertaking that can not be completed overnight", said Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh in a statement Tuesday. We need their help now more than ever as we widen our surveillance efforts. "Our status as a TB-free state is critical to our growing and thriving cattle and dairy industries in this state".

"This is a precautionary step that is taken on a case-by-case basis when a state identifies a new herd affected by tuberculosis", Dr McGraw said.