April 16, 2014
California agricultural officials say a herd of cows in Fresno County is sick with bovine tuberculosis.
The chronic disease doesn't threaten the quality or safety of milk and meat produced in the state because most milk is pasteurized, and raw milk is regularly tested for TB. Cattle processed for meat are routinely inspected for TB, too.
The dairy farmer tested for the rare disease after he saw suspicious lesions on a cow being inspected for slaughter.
He's now working with state and federal animal health officials to eradicate the disease from the herd. Bovine TB was last found in
California in 2003.
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