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Potential High Risk Area around TB Positive Deer Established

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

For immediate release: April 20, 2016 Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724

LANSING – On April 14, 2016 a bovine tuberculosis “Potential High Risk Area” was designated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed a bovine TB positive free-ranging white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County.  

An informational meeting will be held to discuss the bovine TB program and the “Potential High Risk Area” designation at the following time and location:

 April 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. Presque Isle District Library, 181 East Erie Street, Rogers City, MI 49779

A “Potential High Risk Area” is an area where bovine TB has been diagnosed in wild animals only; and is established when a TB positive free-ranging deer is found. This designation requires all cattle and bison herds, located within a 10-kilometer radius of a TB positive deer, to be tested for bovine TB within the next six months. All impacted herd owners are being contacted by MDARD to schedule testing. Cattle and bison herds are tested to assure our trading partners the disease has not been transmitted from local deer to cattle or bison.   


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