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Thursday, 08 December 2016 15:14

Dec. 7 update Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) investigation – Alta. and Sask.

Written by  Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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To date, there remain six confirmed cases of bovine TB. This number includes the cow that was confirmed to have the disease when it was slaughtered in the United States.

All confirmed cases are still from one infected herd located on 18 premises.
Based on the continuing investigation, the total number of premises under quarantine and movement controls is now approximately 50.
Most of these premises are located in Alberta, with no more than five in Saskatchewan. These numbers will continue to change as the investigation continues. The total number of animals quarantined by this investigation is currently over 26,000, including infected premises.
All farms currently under quarantine are scheduled for on-farm testing. Based on the current quarantines and pace of testing, all on-farm testing for test-eligible animals currently under quarantine is expected to be completed by early January 2017. The last round of reactor animals that were humanely slaughtered showed no lesions or other clinical signs of the disease.
Our efforts to communicate with producers have continued.
CFIA veterinarians have visited all producers of the infected premises in person to answer questions and provide information on what to expect. All impacted producers have been provided with a point of contact.
Compensation teams continue to meet with these producers to ensure they have all the information required to expedite their claims. We continue our twice-a-week conference calls with industry associations; an industry liaison is also embedded in the Western Area Emergency Operations Centre.
In all cases where bovine TB is suspected or confirmed, the goal is to minimize disruptions to producers, while respecting Canada's domestic and international obligations to take appropriate and prudent control measures. These measures are critical for protecting the health of Canadian livestock and maintaining market access for Canadian beef producers.

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