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JACKSON — A committee working to eliminate brucellosis in the Yellowstone region will meet here today at the Snow King Resort, according to federal officials.

The tri-annual meeting of the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a meeting with the committee's Technical and Education Subcommittee. An executive committee meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.

Brucellosis is believed to infect numerous bison and elk in the Yellowstone region. The bacterial disease can cause cattle to abort their first calves and can cause undulant fever in humans in rare cases.

The interagency brucellosis committee was formed in 1995 by the governors of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. The committee is made up of representatives of 13 agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service.

Topics for the executive committee meeting include an update from Idaho on the recent loss of its brucellosis-free status and a report from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department on its five-year test-and-slaughter pilot project that began this past winter at the Muddy Creek elk feedground in Sublette County.

There will also be discussions concerning brucellosis vaccine research and other brucellosis research that is taking place in the greater Yellowstone area.

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