(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Board of Animal Health is investigating the possibility some cattle imported to the state from South Dakota could be infected with bovine tuberculosis.
Bovine tuberculosis, or TB, is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal. It is difficult to diagnose through clinical signs alone as symptons are not visible in the early stages.
South Dakota agriculture officials notified the state recently that the animals may have been exposed to the disease before being shipped to Indiana.
Indiana officials stress so far, none of the imported cattle have tested positive for bovine TB.
The state's most recent case was identified in Dearborn County about a year ago. That herd has since been depopulated.