INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State animal health officials say bovine tuberculosis has been found in a beef cattle herd in Indiana's southeastern corner - the state's first such case in cattle in more than three decades.
The State Board of Animal Health said Monday the disease was found in a cow tested during slaughter at a Michigan meat processing plant. The agency is now testing the rest of the Indiana herd. That herd's location hasn't been disclosed.
Board of Animal Health spokeswoman Denise Derrer (DARE'-Ehr) says the state Department of Natural Resources is helping determine if the disease is present in free-ranging deer in the area.
The last time a Hoosier cattle herd tested positive for the disease was in the 1970s.
Bovine tuberculosis causes severe coughing, fatigue, emaciation and debilitation in cattle.
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