Cattle in Wheeler County are under quarantine due to a confirmed case of tuberculosis.
Dr. Alan Doster with the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center says the case seems to have originated from South Dakota.
“We’re working with officials in South Dakota to determine exactly where this animal came from,” Doster tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Did it come from an indigenous source or did it come from, say, Mexico.”
Doster says TB in cattle in the state shows up ever few years.
“It can be fairly easily transmitted to other animals. It can be transmitted to man, transmitted to wildlife, such as deer, elk, dogs, cats. A variety of mammalian species can carry the organism and can shed it and disperse it further and further.”
He says containing it is important, so it can be more easily traced back to a source.
If the disease spreads in Nebraska, the state could lose its TB-free status from the USDA.
“Our trading partners and other countries that buy our meat, our animals, use them for breeding stock, semen, will be watching this very closely to make sure we get it under control and get it eradicated,” Doster explains.