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Two Michigan Deer Test Positive for Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis has been found in two whitetail deer, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has found two whitetail deer that tested positive for bovine tuberculosis in Presque Isle County.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development many areas have been designated as “potential high risk areas,” since the recent tuberculosis discovery in the Mitten State.

Following the tuberculosis diagnosis, any cattle or bison within 10 miles of a tuberculosis positive deer must be tested in no later than six months.

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development told reporters, “If the whole herd was conducted on a farm less than six months prior to Feb. 9, 2015, the herd will not need another test. Cattle farms are tested to assure our trading partners that the disease has not been transmitted from local deer to cattle.”

Farms in Presque Isle and Cheboygan county townships within 10 miles of the tuberculosis positive deer are also subject to testing. “Cattle farms in the modified accredited zone are already TB tested on an annual basis, so there is no additional TB testing required in those townships,” according to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

More about bovine tuberculosis, here.

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Two Michigan Deer Test Positive for Tuberculosis