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Michigan DNR missed chance to test worker diagnosed with TB a year later

Michigan DNR missed chance to test worker diagnosed with TB a year later

June 29, 2020 | John Barnes

Michigan’s failure to test a wildlife lab technician for tuberculosis in 2018 means it may have missed an opportunity to identify the outbreak before four additional workers tested positive last summer.

Michigan safety regulators launch probe of TB outbreak at state DNR lab

Michigan safety regulators launch probe of TB outbreak at state DNR lab

April 15, 2020 | John Barnes

MiOSHA inspectors are reviewing whether faulty masks or other safety hazards were present at the wildlife lab, where five workers contracted bovine tuberculosis. The review was spurred by Bridge reporting on the outbreak.

Five Michigan DNR workers contracted tuberculosis, likely from testing deer

Five Michigan DNR workers contracted tuberculosis, likely from testing deer

March 6, 2020 | John Barnes

Deer-to-human transmission of TB is an exceedingly rare, Michigan-centric phenomenon. Department of Natural Resources officials said they saw no reason to publicly announce the cases.

Dana Nessel to review Michigan DNR handling of wolf kill records

Dana Nessel to review Michigan DNR handling of wolf kill records

November 25, 2019 | John Barnes

In response to a Bridge Magazine investigation, Nessel said her office will look into whether the state agency mishandled public records on the 2016 killings of protected gray wolves in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

Michigan DNR said it killed wolves to protect humans. Then we got its emails.

Michigan DNR said it killed wolves to protect humans. Then we got its emails.

November 22, 2019 | John Barnes

State wildlife leaders violated the state Freedom of Information Act, concealing details surrounding calf deaths and the 2016 shootings of protected gray wolves. Records suggest a different motive for the kills.