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Associated Press , Published August 23 2013

Testing shows no spread of bovine TB in ND

BISMARCK — State Veterinarian Susan Keller says field and laboratory testing indicates that bovine tuberculosis found in a beef cow in south central North Dakota hasn't spread to other animals.

The state Board of Animal Health reported in mid-June that a cow in a herd near Solen had tested positive for bovine TB, a potentially fatal disease that spreads through inhaled bacteria. The cow had come from Texas and moved through a seller in South Dakota.

Keller says 33 other suspect animals in the herd were killed as a precaution. They're still being tested at a laboratory but Keller says the preliminary report shows nothing suspicious.

The remaining animals in the herd are undergoing further testing to meet federal requirements. If no additional bovine TB is found, a quarantine will be lifted.

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