Statement: Update on the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Investigation – Alberta and Saskatchewan (2016-12-14)

To date, there remains six confirmed cases of bovine TB. This number includes the cow that was confirmed to have the disease when it was slaughtered in the United States.

All confirmed cases are still from one infected herd located on 18 premises.

The total number of premises currently under quarantine and movement controls is approximately 45. Movement controls have been removed from animals at six low risk premises where appropriate testing has been completed.

Most of the premises that remain under quarantine are located in Alberta, with no more than five in Saskatchewan. While the number of quarantines has decreased slightly at this point, as the investigation continues, we will identify additional premises that will need to be subject to quarantine and movement controls.

The total number of animals quarantined by this investigation remains at approximately 26,000, including infected premises.

All farms currently under quarantine are scheduled for on-farm testing. Based on the current pace of testing, all on-farm testing for test-eligible animals currently under quarantine is expected to be completed by early January.

The last round of reactor animals that were humanely slaughtered showed no lesions or other clinical signs of the disease. This is encouraging but is not confirmation that the animal does not have bovine TB. Confirmation that an animal does not have TB can only be provided by confirmed negative results of a culture test.

Compensation teams continue to meet with producers to ensure they have all the information required to expedite their claims.

We continue our twice-a-week conference calls with industry associations. An industry liaison is also embedded in the Western Area Emergency Operations Centre.

In all cases where bovine TB is suspected or confirmed, the goal is to minimize disruptions to producers, while respecting Canada's domestic and international obligations to take appropriate and prudent control measures. These measures are critical for protecting the health of Canadian livestock and maintaining market access for Canadian beef producers.

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