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  • Strain of bovine TB found in B.C. cow is new to Canada

    Source: https://ipolitics.ca/2019/01/09/stra...o-canada-cfia/


    Strain of bovine TB found in B.C. cow is new to Canada
    By Kelsey Johnson. Published on Jan 9, 2019 4:02pm

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a case of bovine tuberculosis in British Columbia is from a new strain never seen before in the country.

    Canada’s chief veterinarian, Jaspinder Komal, told reporters Wednesday that the CFIA’s national lab in Ottawa has determined that the case of tuberculosis was a “distinct strain” never before found in wildlife or domestic livestock in Canada, nor in the United States.

    “At this point in time, all we know is that it is a very, very distinct strain,” he said in a technical briefing.

    Komal also said three more animals from the same farm in B.C.’s southern interior have since tested positive for bovine tuberculosis. The first was confirmed on Nov. 9 in a mature beef cow that was slaughtered in late October 2018...


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