Bovine tuberculosis found in South Dakota

A Harding County, South Dakota, ranch is under quarantine after three cows originating there were found to be infected with bovine tuberculosis.

All fenceline neighbors are under quarantine at this time, too, said South Dakota state veterinarian Dr. Dustin Oedekoven. A total of approximately 10,000 head of cattle are quarantined, he said.

Neighboring ranches will be out of quarantine if and when their herds test clean, he said. He doesn’t know at this time when the affected herd might be out of quarantine.

Every bovine animal in the affected herd has been tested, with some animals being euthanized and necropsied at the state diagnostic laboratory in Brookings.

Most of the animals that were put down were confirmed to be infected with the disease. The affected ranch has been compensated through USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the euthanized animals…. [read more]

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