Bovine tuberculosis found in South Dakota cattle herd

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.(WNAX)- Bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed in a South Dakota cattle herd for the first time since 2017. State Veterinarian Dr. Dustin (oh-duh-koh-vun) Oedekoven says the infection was discovered after the cow was sold. He says upon further investigation they found more animals in that herd in Corson County had contracted the disease.

He says this Bovine TB case is a new strain of the disease, one not seen before in South Dakota or the United States.

Oedekoven says despite this recent disease confirmation there shouldn’t be any problems marketing cattle.

Oedekoven says the South Dakota Animal Industry Board is working closely with the USDA and with the Corson County herd’s owner in further investigating the infection. He says they’re also working with the Game Fish and Parks officials to make sure the Bovine TB hasn’t spread to wildlife.