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The Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI) has confirmed another two Mid Canterbury properties are infected with Mycoplasma bovis, taking the number of infected properties in the district to six.
Both are dairy farms in the Ashburton area and connected to already known infected properties.
MPI said the confirmation of two more farms was not unexpected and did not change their view that the disease was not widespread in New Zealand.
The first case of the bacterial infection Mycoplasma bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area in July 2017. The confirmed number of infected properties now sits at 30.
There are 50 properties under restricted place notice and under quarantine control.
Since 2017, MPI was working with farmers, industry bodies and local communities to control the spread of the disease and, if possible, eradicate it.
MPI’s Animal Health Laboratory had received 120,664 milk samples, and completed 119,123 tests.