FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Two beef cattle in Kentucky have tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, and state veterinarian Robert Stout says results are pending on a third animal.
Stout said Wednesday that the two infected cows were in a Fleming County herd in northern Kentucky, but he said the three animals didn't enter the food supply.
He said the disease was discovered when a cow from the farm was slaughtered in Pennsylvania and tested positive. Stout said the rest of the herd was tested, and two other cattle were suspected of having the disease. One tested positive for the disease.
Stout said Kentucky has been classified as free of bovine tuberculosis since 1987. He said that status would likely not change if no other animals test positive in the next six months.
Bovine tuberculosis causes severe coughing, fatigue, emaciation and debilitation in cattle and results in reduced milk and meat production.
Humans can catch the disease from contact with infected cattle, but that's rare.
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