Wildlife and Fisheries: bovine tuberculosis not detected in Louisiana

Wildlife and Fisheries: bovine tuberculosis not detected in Louisiana
A mature white-tailed deer buck stands alertly in a suburban neighborhood in Moreland Hills, Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. The Ohio Department of Public Safety is warning drivers to remain cautious of deer on roadways as the mating season for the animal runs through January. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) (Amy Sancetta)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A warning that originated out of Michigan does not appear to be something Louisianians have to be concerned with, according to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.

On October 9th, an article posted to Facebook warned deer hunters in Michigan to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis. The story was one of the most viewed in the ArkLaTex with many people commenting and sharing the article on Facebook.

The disease is caused by certain bacteria that then attacks the respiratory system in animals and humans.

We reached out to Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. Robert “Trey” Iles stated that bovine tuberculosis has not been found in Louisiana through testing.

Hunters can have their deer tested before consumption and there are some things to look out for when cleaning a deer (click here) to help hunters better identify problems.

Johnathan Bordelon, deer program manager for LDWF, said the state monitors for diseases like Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD), Brucellosis (Bangs), Hemorrhagic Disease (EDH, Bluetongue), Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), Leptospirosis (lepto) and Parainfluenza-3 Virus (PI3).

The state has not detected any cases of chronic wasting disease since testing began in 2002, according to Bordelon.

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