Bovine tuberculosis found in wild in Indiana for 1st time

Cattle valued at $21,000 were stolen in Johnson County. (WISH photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The State Board of Animal Health says bovine tuberculosis has been found in the wild in Indiana for the first time.

It says bovine TB has been diagnosed in a white-tailed deer in southeastern Indiana’s Franklin County and triggers significant changes in disease-monitoring requirements for cattle owners and deer hunters in the area.

Under federal requirements, finding TB in a free-ranging wild animal means testing of all cattle must expand from 3 miles to 10 miles and surveillance in hunter-harvested deer will intensify. The state board said about 400 farms are registered in the 10-mile testing zone.

The board says it’s working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to test wildlife on the cattle farm where TB was found in a 2-year-old doe. The doe has been culled.

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