A free-ranging white-tailed deer in Alcona County tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.
The positive test for the bacterial disease prompted the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to designate parts of Iosco and Ogemaw counties as a “Potential High-Risk Area.”
Anytime a deer is identified with bovine TB, all cattle and bison herds located within a 15-mile radius of the deer must be tested for bovine TB within six months.
The testing excludes counties where annual testing already occurs, like Alcona County.
Cattle and bison herds are tested to ensure the disease has not spread from local deer to cattle or bison.
This protects the Michigan cattle industry as well as helping reassure Michigan’s trading partners that all necessary steps are being taken to protect the health of the herds.
Herd owners are being contacted to schedule testing and an informational meeting is planned May 2 at the Rose Township Hall in Ogemaw County.
Herd owners with questions about testing can call MDARD’s Atlanta Office at (888) 565-8626.