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USDA: Kansas Dairy Herds Clean of TB

posted on May 20, 2005

Animal health authorities in Kansas have found no cases of tuberculosis in the state's dairy herd after testing more than 75,000 animals and slaughtering 18 cows that initially tested positive.

The massive testing program began in April after animals from infected herds in New Mexico and Arizona were traced to dairies in southwest Kansas.

"We have the best situation possible in this scenario: complete the first round of testing and find nothing," said Kevin Varner, chief veterinarian in charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Kansas.

People can catch TB, which attacks the lungs, by drinking raw milk from infected cows. But pasteurization kills the bacterium. People who milk cows or work around infected animals also are at risk.

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