While there are currently no known cases of M. bovis in New Zealand, it does not mean the disease is eradicated. MPIs M. bovis programme director Simon Andrew says they are now hunting down the last bits of infection. The last active confirmed farm in Banks Peninsula had all cattle removed and slaughtered in February and the 60-day stand down period at the farm is almost over and expected to be revoked next week. MPI is now halfway into a 10-year programme of extensive background surveillance which will continue for several years to ensure the country is free of M. bovis. Simon Andrew says it is likely more infected properties will be identified before eradication is declared.
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