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     The DNR news wire has sent this press release out regarding additional 
     detection of bovine TB in a deer OUTSIDE the 5 county quarantine area. 
      


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Subject: .REVISED.. 
Author:  <DNRWIRE@LISTSERV.CNOC.STATE.MI.US> at internet
Date:    1/14/00 12:00 PM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 14 JAN 00
CONTACT: Tim Roby, 517-373-1214
     
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ANTRIM COUNTY DEER TESTS POSITIVE 
     
LANSING--A wild deer from Antrim County has been determined 
by the Michigan Department of Community Health Laboratory to 
be culture positive for bovine tuberculosis, Michigan 
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Veterinarian Dr. 
Stephen Schmitt said today. This is the first wild deer to be 
found positive for the disease outside of the Movement 
Restriction Zone, the area in Northeastern Michigan bounded 
by I-75, M-55 and Lake Huron.
"The finding of a positive deer outside this area does not 
necessarily mean that the disease has recently spread," Dr. 
Schmitt said. "It is more likely that cases that already 
existed in other areas of the state have been detected due 
to the greatly increased surveillance that occurred during 
1999."
In response to finding a TB-positive deer in Antrim County, 
even greater surveillance in a 5-mile and a 25-mile radius 
around the positive deer will be implemented by the DNR with 
the continued assistance of hunters and others. In addition, 
surveillance for tuberculosis in wild deer will also be 
increased statewide for the year 2000.
The test result on the Antrim County deer was not a 
surprise, according to Michigan State Veterinarian Dr. Mike 
Chaddock.
"The TB-positive results on the Antrim deer have been 
anticipated and will cause no immediate change in either the 
bovine TB testing program or quarantine in Northeast 
Michigan," Dr. Chaddock said. "In Northwest Michigan, our 
staff has already begun identifying all cattle, bison, goats, 
livestock and captive deer and elk within a 10-mile radius of 
the Antrim County deer. We will continue to work with the 
livestock industry to provide information and whole-herd 
testing in that area, to assess whether the deer finding has 
parallels in the livestock."
Test results of two additional TB-suspect deer in Mecosta 
and Osceola counties are expected in the next few weeks. The 
US Department of Agriculture is planning to review 
Michigan's bovine TB program in February. Information from 
that review will be the basis for determining any change in 
Michigan's bovine TB status.
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