TB found in hogs sold in Ohio

OHIO - Four West Virginia farms have been quarantined following the discovery of tuberculosis in hogs illegally sent out of Ohio, according to West Virginia's Department of Agriculture.

The hogs were bought in Hillsboro about 40 miles east of Cincinnati.

The type of TB the hogs have is not among the diseases that the Ohio Department of Agriculture requires farmers to report, West Virginia agriculture spokeswoman Melanie Wilt said. Her agency is looking into whether the sale or sales of the diseased hogs were properly documented, she said.

Wilt confirmed that the hogs had moved through Hillsboro and Caldwell, Ohio, which is north of Marietta. She encouraged consumers to thoroughly cook all meat as a precaution.

The form of tuberculosis carried by the hogs is transmissible to humans through direct contact and through eating improperly cooked meat, but officials do not consider the case a major health threat, West Virginia agency spokesman Buddy Davidson said. Once contracted, the respiratory disease may cause lesions in the lungs.

There have been no reports of humans or other animals contracting the disease.

``We caught it in time,'' Davidson said.

The hogs were taken into West Virginia on March 13 by a resident who is cooperating with the Department of Agriculture. The man later collected the animals and had them destroyed.

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Source: Arkon Beacon Journal
calendar icon 27 March 2006
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