TB, Wasting Disease Non-Existent In Indiana Deer
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – There are no serious illnesses affecting Indiana’s whitetail deer herd.
During the first weeks of the 2011 deer hunting season, 366 samples were collected statewide and tested for tuberculosis. None tested positive, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health said Friday.
Bovine tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial disease that affects primarily cattle, but can be transmitted to any warm-blooded animal.
TB had previously been diagnosed in domestic cattle and elk in Franklin and Dearborn counties. In 2009, a cervid herd in Franklin County tested positive and was depopulated. A Dearborn County beef population tested positive in 2010 and was also depopulated.
“This is good news for cattle producers and hunters in Southeastern Indiana. These test results provide more peace of mind that we have found no signs of a reservoir for disease in our wild population,” said Indiana State Veterinarian Bret D. Marsh, DVM. “We continue to stay vigilant in monitoring the cattle population for signs of disease and possible sources of infection.”
More than 860 samples of road kill and harvested deer were tested for chronic wasting disease with none testing positive.
Indiana has not had any cases confirmed since the monitoring program began in 2002.