Bovine Tuberculosis (Bovine TB) investigation – Southeast Alberta and Southwest Saskatchewan

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Situation as of January 11, 2017

These numbers will be updated weekly and will continue to change as the investigation continues.

Summary: Bovine TB Investigation
No. of Infected HerdsFootnote 1No. of Positive AnimalsNo. of Quarantined PremisesNo. of Quarantined AnimalsProvinces InvolvedNumber of sites released from Quarantine
1 6 50 (approx.) 26,000 (approx.) Alberta
  • CFIA inspectors are conducting on-farm testing and tracing of potentially exposed animals.
  • This investigation involves a significant number of premises and requires the tracing of the movement of animals in recent years, plus testing. It is therefore not expected to be completed for several months.

Statements / Notifications


In late September, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) notified the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that a case of bovine TB had been detected in a cow from Alberta when it was slaughtered in the United States. The CFIA has initiated an investigation into the case and is working with provincial agriculture and health authorities.

Based on the current epidemiological information, CFIA veterinarians and inspectors will be making contact with cattle producers in the following areas:


  • Newell County
  • Special Area No. 2
  • Special Area No. 3
  • Acadia No. 34
  • Cypress County (North of Medicine Hat)


  • Rural Municipalities south of the South Saskatchewan River and west of Highway 4

Quarantines could be found in other areas of these respective provinces as the investigation continues.

Tracing work is currently underway to identify animals that may have been exposed to bovine TB.

The priority area for the CFIA investigation is domestic livestock. The Agency is working with the Government of Alberta to ensure that any risks associated with TB in wildlife are included in the investigation.

Genetic analysis showed that the bovine TB organism from the infected cow is not the same as any strains detected in Canadian domestic animals or wildlife or humans to date. The strain of TB identified in the confirmed case is closely related to a strain originating from cattle in Central Mexico in 1997.

Information for Producers

Movement of cattle and other animals

Only premises that have been placed under quarantine by the CFIA are prevented from moving animals without permission. Producers in the general investigation area that have not been contacted by the CFIA are allowed to move animals (including sending cattle to auction markets and feed lots) but must comply with livestock identification requirements.

If you have been contacted by the CFIA:

The CFIA has prepared information for producers who are contacted in the course of a disease investigation.

Quarantine and testing

Premises that are under quarantine must not move any animals without permission from the CFIA.

As the disease investigation proceeds, additional premises may need to be quarantined while cattle are tested for bovine TB.

Additional information and guidance from CFIA staff will be provided to individual producers if their animals are required to be quarantined. While testing is completed as quickly as possible, quarantines remain in effect until all susceptible animals have tested negative for the disease.

If an animal under quarantine tests positive for bovine TB, the CFIA will follow established procedures for destruction and compensation.


Under the Health of Animals Act, the CFIA may compensate producers for:

  • animals ordered destroyed;
  • other things ordered destroyed, such as contaminated feed or animal products; and
  • the disposal costs of animals ordered destroyed.

For information on how compensation is determined and how the process works visit:

Financial assistance

Financial assistance for other costs not covered by the compensation administered by the CFIA, such as those related to feed, business interruptions, etc., may be possible under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) programs.

Additional information

Contact us

General questions about bovine TB or the current investigation will be managed by email.

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