The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) hosted a symposium on the future of the United States’ National Tuberculosis (TB) Program on July 20-21, 2009, in Denver. As TB in the US has become less prevalent in recent years, the current national program may not be providing the best mitigation for individual states to manage and eliminate the disease. With evolution of the beef and dairy industries and related impacts on wildlife, USAHA organized this symposium to help provide future direction.

            The goal was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the current National TB Program and challenges within an evolving cattle industry and to present recommendations to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help craft a program for the future.

Key recommendations for the importation of infected cattle include:

a. Requiring official electronic identification is not warranted at this time, but penalties should be increased if existing identification is removed.

b. Require feedlot registration and implement restrictions on breeding cattle if feedlots are feeding Mexican cattle.

c. A Federal-State-Industry outreach program is needed.

d. Develop specific rules for rodeo and other timed-event cattle imported from Mexico.

e. Requiring an additional port of entry TB test is only feasible with advent of a rapid test.

Read the full USAHA TB report including information on wildlife, diagnostics, surveillance, traceability and other recommendations, visit http://tinyurl.com/yjkux99