Tuberculosis Survey Public Meetings

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host five informational meetings around the state next week to describe an ongoing tuberculosis investigation in eastern Oregon wildlife and to answer questions.

Biologists from ODFW and the Oregon Department of Agriculture will present details on the disease and its transmission risks, current findings, and plans for ongoing research and sampling. ODFW and ODA confirmed the presence of tuberculosis (TB) in one farmed elk late last year. Since then, state and federal agencies have worked to determine the source of the TB and whether it is present in the wild. A large coordinated effort was initiated 70 years ago to eradicate the disease because of its risks to public health.

The dates and times of the meetings are listed below:

  • <Monument: Monday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Monument Senior Center.
  • Redmond: Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, North Sisters Building, Haystack-Odell Room, 3800 S.W. Airport Way.
  • LaGrande: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Eastern Oregon University, Hoke Hall, Room 309.
  • Portland: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m., ODFW Headquarters, Commission Room, 2501 SW 1st Ave.
  • Medford: Thursday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium, 10 S. Oakdale.

Each meeting is expected to last two hours, but staff will remain until 10 p.m. to answer questions. Written information also will be provided. Interested persons may also obtain information on this website: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrWild/elktb.htm.