Health officials in Michigan announced yesterday that a suspected finding of bovine tuberculosis has been confirmed. Few details about the case have been released and the herd is being characterized only as a “large herd” in Alcona County.
This case marks, says Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the state’s 73rd cattle herd confirmed to have bovine tuberculosis since 1998.
Bovine tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium bovis. And despite the “bovine” part of its name, bovine tuberculosis can infect other animals like deer, racoons, badgers and coyotes.
Mycobacterium bovis can also infect humans, either through broken skin or through the consumption of unpasteurized dairy products.
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