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BISMARCK, N.D. _ The state veterinarian says a beef cow in south central North Dakota that originated in Texas has tested positive for bovine tuberculosis.

Veterinarian Susan Keller said the cow has been destroyed and additional testing should be completed in six to eight weeks.

Officials say there are no immediate health risks to the general public and the state Health Department is being kept informed.

Keller said the animal was identified as a result of a trace-out investigation in Texas.

North Dakota has been recognized as “TB-free” by the federal Agriculture Department since 1976. A state must have at least two herds test positive for the disease within two years to lose that status.

The state’s last reported case of bovine tuberculosis in a herd was in 1999.

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Reach reporter Brian Gehring 250-8254 or brian.gehring@bismarcktribune.com.

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