Statement: Update on the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Investigation – Alberta and Saskatchewan (2016-12-21)

Six confirmed cases of bovine TB remain, which includes the cow that had the disease when it was slaughtered in the United States. All these cases are still from one infected herd.

Approximately 50 premises are currently under quarantine and movement controls.

There are now seven locations released from quarantine.

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

On-farm testing has been completed on all infected premises.

The testing process is lengthy. 

The investigation is progressing but the nature of the disease itself means that the investigation will also be lengthy and complex. We must complete testing, tracing and cleaning and disinfection.

Highly trained veterinarians, laboratory scientists, and front-line inspectors as well as a team of experts in the cattle industry, animal health, communications and international markets are all working together to ensure this investigation is undertaken with as much thoroughness and efficiency as possible.

For locations that have housed the infected herd the CFIA Cleaning and Disinfection Unit will be conducting an assessment of the premises, developing decontamination plans and issuing owners of the premises an Order to Clean and Disinfect. This cleaning and disinfection process is outlined on the CFIA website.

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

Our labs will remain open and testing will continue throughout the holidays. Recognizing the importance of the holidays and those living and working on farms, on-site testing will be momentarily paused between Christmas and New Year's.

Conference calls with industry associations will be resuming in the New Year. An industry liaison remains 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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