Trace-out of animals associated with a herd in BC’s southern interior where bovine tuberculosis was detected last fall have been completed.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency staff made the announcement at the end of May. The latest update to the investigation, posted last week, indicates that one herd of 1,500 animals remains under movement controls. That herd is in Saskatchewan.
Just four animals tested positive for the disease. All were in the original herd, which numbered about 200 animals. The herd was depopulated.
The next step is to test for trace-in herds, an exercise required to ensure that Canada is free of the disease.
“These efforts are in place to identify and eliminate the source of the disease and to prevent any potential spread of the disease,” notes the CFIA.
Trace-in is critical to maintaining Canada’s trading relationships, as well as its obligations as a member of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The tests will take place in fall 2019.
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