State ag officials are looking into a report of bovine tuberculosis in a small herd in northeast Nebraska’s Knox County.
Cristen Kamm, spokeswoman for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, says only one animal is confirmed infected.
“We have gone ahead and quarantined and tested the rest of the herd and have found no further animals that have tested positive for TB,” Kamm says. “We are in the process of doing an epidemiological investigation that is going to work to determine the location and any disposition of any of those past herd mates.”
Kamm is advising cattle producers across the Husker State to be vigilant.
“Bovine TB is not a highly-contagious animal disease,” she says. “It is one that we are going to encourage our producers to follow good biosecurity measures. Keep those biosecurity measures in place and that would be our strongest recommendation at this time.”
Kamm says if producers think their animals may have contracted the disease or have any concerns, they should immediately contact a local veterinarian or the State Ag Department’s Animal Health Division.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton