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Tuberculosis (TB)

Bovine tuberculosis (known as TB) in deer and cattle is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. The presence of TB in New Zealand (NZ) farmed deer is very low (with only four herds infected in 2012) but remains a threat to meat (including venison) and velvet exports. This is because it can be transmitted from infected herds to humans. This is very rare, but the risk of it happening is used as a trade barrier by some countries that import meat and co-products.

The carcass inspection process in NZ is based around identifying TB. If TB is suspected on a farm, consult a veterinarian immediately. Visit www.ospri.co.nz for more detailed information on TB.

How does the problem spread?
What are the symptoms?
Effect on deer production
When do my deer need to be tested?
Controlling the spread of Tuberculosis

More resources

Information on Tuberculosis in deer is available in a convenient DINZ Deer Fact sheet (November2015). Download your own copy here >>


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