Cattle in South Dakota has been diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis that is a chronic bacterial disease found to impact cattle that occasionally affects other species of mammals and can spread to humans! According to a report from a local affiliate, A Harding County, South Dakota, ranch is currently under quarantine after three cows on the ranch 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.
The reports indicate that all 10,000 head of cattle have been placed under quarantine. The report indicates most of the animals that were infected were put down after being confirmed with the disease. This report follows a recent report regarding a commercial chicken breeding facility in south-central Tennessee that was struck with a strain of bird flu resulting in over 73,500 birds killed to stop the virus from entering the food system, government and company officials said on Sunday.