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Nebraska TB testing continues

After six weeks of testing in north-central Nebraska, no further cases of bovine tuberculosis have been discovered. 

Through July 19th , 88-hundred head of cattle had been tested, with all test results negative. Results are pending on the approximately 100 head of cattle that were tested last week. The number of animals tested so far represents over one-half of the animals scheduled to be tested. 

It has also been announced that Nebraska has received an extension from USDA allowing the state to maintain its TB free status while testing continues.  The USDA typically allows 90 days after confirmation of a TB finding before it makes a disease status determination, but the Nebraska Department of Agriculture requested, and was granted, an extension.  

On June 1st, a cow from a Rock County beef herd tested positive for bovine TB.  A second cow from that herd later tested positive for the disease.  Twenty-two herds of cattle in 14 Nebraska counties have been quarantined since the initial outbreak was discovered.

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