(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Cattle and deer around southeast Indiana could be affected by an illness detected in a local herd.
The Indiana State Board of Animal Health detected bovine tuberculosis in a herd in the region last month.
According to the DNR, bovine TB is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. TB is difficult to diagnose through clinical signs alone. In the early stages of the disease, clinical signs are not visible. Later, signs may include emaciation, lethargy, weakness, anorexia, low-grade fever and pneumonia with a chronic, moist cough. Lymph node enlargement may also be present. Cattle owners who notice these signs in their livestock should contact their private veterinarian.
The department did not give a specific location. It’s the first TB positive beef cattle herd since the 1970s.
An elk herd was diagnosed with the disease in Franklin County in 2009, however, no link between that site and the latest herd has been identified.
Cattle producers, deer hunters and others who are interested in learning more about the ongoing investigation into the disease’s presence are invited to attend a public meeting on Monday, April 11 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the American Legion Post, located at 28866 Post 464 Road, St. Leon, Ind.
The meeting will include updates on the status of the investigation and disease management strategies by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. A plan for sampling and testing wildlife in the area by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will also be given.
More information about the disease and the on-going investigation is online at www.boah.in.gov.