Bovine tuberculosis,
Information received on 11/01/2018 from Dr Shlomo Garazi, Chief Officer for Import and Export of the Veterinary Services, Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, BET DAGAN, Israel
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 11/09/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 10/01/2018
Report date 11/01/2018
Date submitted to OIE 11/01/2018
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 09/1999
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Not known yet (M. bovis or M. tuberculosis)
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (GAL’ON) GAL’ON, Ashkelon, HADAROM
Date of start of the outbreak 11/09/2017
Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 584 19 0 0 0
Affected population A foreign worker began to work in the farm and was diagnosed as sick with tuberculosis. It is not known yet if it is M. bovis or M. tuberculosis. Following this information, the Veterinary Services made a skin tuberculin test in the herd. 19 of the cows were found positive.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Cattle 584 19 0 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Cattle 3.25% 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Foreign sick worker
Epidemiological comments The positive cows will be culled and samples will be taken to try to isolate the bacteria.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Zoning
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Selective killing and disposal
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Field test (Local laboratory) Cattle tuberculin test 10/01/2018 Positive
Abu Kabir, Ministry of Health (National laboratory) Cattle bacteriological examination Pending
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations