Tuberculosis Eradication in Cattle and Cervids

The AVMA encourages the USDA to continue to partner with state animal health officials, federal and state animal public health officials, the cattle industry, the captive cervid industry, wildlife agencies, industry, academia, and other affiliated entities to respond to, control, and eliminate tuberculosis (TB) in US cattle and cervids through:

  • adequate surveillance;
  • development and use of improved diagnostic testing methods;
  • implementation of additional testing requirements for higher-risk classes of livestock;
  • management of risks from imported cattle, international animal trade, and reverse zoonosis;
  • use of zoning, including science-based risk analysis, for managing TB affected areas;
  • management of practices to minimize contact between wildlife and cattle;
  • evaluation and prioritization of other routes of disease transmission/introduction;
  • improved disease traceability;
  • coordination among animal health and public health agencies in the United States and other countries to share the results of whole genome sequencing of TB strains;
  • sufficient funding for indemnification, including removal of animals for diagnostic purposes; and
  • education and outreach for stakeholders.