Michigan sets ‘potential high-risk areas’ around TB-positive deer, Feedstuffs, June 20, 2019On April 12, the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) designated parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties in the state as a “potential high-risk area” for bovine tuberculosis (TB). After free-ranging deer tests positive for bovine TB, cattle and bison herds in risk area need to be tested.

New York Confirms Bovine TB in Deer, American Agriculturist, Dec 3, 2018Yesterday, New York State Department of Ag and Markets confirmed that the m. bovis strain of tuberculosis was found in a captive deer herd in Columbia County – southeast of Albany and near the Massachusetts border. Hunters and livestock producers are urged to take precautions since this TB strain can spread to other species, including humans.

Michigan wildlife officials warn hunters of ‘serious contagious disease’ in deer, Fox News, Oct 10, 2018Heads up, hunting enthusiasts: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning hunters in the state to be wary of bovine tuberculosis in deer, a disease that’s transmissible to humans, WSMH-News reported. The “serious contagious disease” is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis, according to Purdue University. It’s spread “primarily through the exchange of respiratory secretions between infected and uninfected animals,” such as coughing or sneezing, according to the Michigan DNR.

Michigan government warns hunters to lookout for bovine tuberculosis in deer, WHAM, Oct 9, 2018There are several types of tuberculosis, but bovine tuberculosis (bTB) can infect the widest variety of animals and is what wildlife managers have been trying to eradicate from white-tailed deer in Michigan. According to DNR state wildlife veterinarian Kelly Straka, Michigan is the only state in the nation that has bTB established in wild deer.


    In Michigan, where bovine Tuberculosis exists in wild deer and elk, scientists believe that the maintenance of bovine TB in white-tailed deer is directly related to supplemental feeding/baiting and the increased focal densities these practices create. The unnatural circumstances of supplemental feeding promote inhalation of bovine TB bacteria or consumption of feed contaminated with the bacteria from animals coughing and exhaling.
  • Extra deer hunt in Alpena County next month, Interlochen PR, Dec 21, 2017The state has spent more than $150 million over two decades trying to combat bovine tuberculosis. Deer and cattle can pass the disease to one another. “We’re sort of trying to get additional deer taken off of these private properties,” Stewart says, “where deer are more likely to come in contact with cattle.”
  • Michigan Emerging Disease Issues, Dec 20, 2017, TB
  • DNR needs more submissions from deer hunters for disease testing,, Nov 20, 2017The DNR is asking deer hunters for help with a disease surveillance program in Franklin and Fayette counties. State biologists are sampling deer harvested from portions of those two counties for bovine tuberculosis. After a slow start to the deer firearms season, however, the program is running behind. Biologists have collected just 16 percent of the samples needed to reach their surveillance goal, largely because of weather.
  • Bovine tuberculosis – a disease still worth fighting,, July 6, 2017After more than two decades of study and testing white-tailed deer for bovine tuberculosis, Michigan has become world-renowned for its research and expertise on managing this serious contagious disease. There are several types of tuberculosis, but bovine tuberculosis (bTB) can infect the widest variety of animals and is what wildlife managers have been trying to eradicate from white-tailed deer in Michigan.
  • Can chronic wasting disease jump from deer to humans? Concerns keep rising, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, July 10, 2017In 2002, the year CWD was discovered in Wisconsin, six cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were recorded, according to the state Department of Health Services. In two of the last four years, 13 cases have been recorded. That’s a 117% increase.
  • DNR update on impact of Newaygo County bovine TB finding on area hunters, MI DNR, March 17, 2017Voluntary deer check is only change hunters will see due to bovine TB-positive steer
    Earlier this week, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the finding of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in a sample taken from a 2-year-old steer from Newaygo County. The animal was identified as possibly diseased and removed from the human food chain by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service. Bovine TB is a bacterial disease that can be spread between wildlife populations and other mammals, including humans. In Michigan, TB is primarily found in the northeast Lower Peninsula.
  • Deer Hunters in SE Indiana Face Bovine TB Testing on Deer, AGWeb, Nov 11, 2016The animal disease was detected in August in a wild deer in neighboring Franklin County, marking the first such discovery of the disease in Indiana history.
  • Deer Check-In Rules in Dearborn and Franklin Counties, Indiana, Nov 11, 2016The DNR has established a bovine tuberculosis surveillance zone in Dearborn County north of State Road 48 because the disease has been detected in a wild deer in neighboring Franklin County.
  • Two TB-positive deer trigger need for cattle testing, Michigan Farmer, Feb 15, 2015Cattle and bison farms in Presque Isle County and Cheboygan County townships within a 10-mile radius around the Presque Isle County TB positive deer will be tested in the next six months. 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.
  • Bovine Tuberculosis, USDA Wildlife Services Center, Wildlife Damage Management, July 2013
  • Research: USDA, Studies on TB in white-tailed deer, Michigan Emerging Disease Issues
  • Bovine Tuberculosis, Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesBovine TB is spread primarily through the exchange of respiratory secretions between infected and uninfected animals. This transmission usually happens when animals are in close contact with each other. Thus, animal density plays a major factor in the transmission of M. Bovis.
  • Managing the wildlife reservoir of Mycobacterium bovis: The Michigan, USA, experience, 4th International Conference on Mycobacterium bovis, 2006White-tailed deer, the primary reservoir and maintenance host of tuberculosis, are highly valued by the public, and particularly hunters, for cultural and economic reasons. Since 1995, significant progress has been made in defining and reducing the reservoir of tuberculosis in deer. As yet, no other wildlife species has been shown to play an epidemiologically important role in the disease cycle. The importance of deer and deer hunting to Michigan has uniquely shaped tuberculosis control policies, and poses ongoing challenges as wildlife managers strive to maintain momentum for broad control strategies, and develop focused strategies that are publicly acceptable. ABSTRACT only

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