FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Two beef cattle in Kentucky have tested
positive for bovine tuberculosis, and state veterinarian Robert
Stout says results are pending on a third animal.
Stout said Wednesday that the two infected cows were in a
Fleming County herd in northern Kentucky, but he said the three
animals didn't enter the food supply.
He said the disease was discovered when a cow from the farm was
slaughtered in Pennsylvania and tested positive. Stout said the
rest of the herd was tested, and two other cattle were suspected of
having the disease. One tested positive for the disease.
Stout said Kentucky has been classified as free of bovine
tuberculosis since 1987. He said that status would likely not
change if no other animals test positive in the next six months.
Bovine tuberculosis causes severe coughing, fatigue, emaciation
and debilitation in cattle and results in reduced milk and meat
Humans can catch the disease from contact with infected cattle,
but that's rare.
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