Chronic wasting disease seen in SE Minn. deer

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RE: Chronic wasting disease seen in SE Minn. deer

Postby News Editor » Wed Jan 26, 2011 12:57 pm

National Lab has confirmed preliminary tests.

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RE: Chronic wasting disease seen in SE Minn. deer

Postby mnmaverick » Wed Jan 26, 2011 5:16 pm

Yes, the testing was confirmed. Here is the full article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in Minnesota By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune
Last update: January 26, 2011 - 11:47 AM

[/align]A national lab has confirmed, as expected, that a sample from a deer killed in southeastern Minnesota tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first wild whitetail in the state to be afflicted.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received the confirmation Tuesday from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa. The preliminary diagnosis of CWD was made by the University of Minnesota.

The DNR said last week that the deer was taken by an archer in November near Pine Island.
CWD is a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose but not cattle or humans.
The DNR is implementing its response, starting with an aerial survey of the deer population in the Pine Island area. During the next two weeks, DNR will work with landowners, collecting additional information and sharing its plans and findings at a public meeting in February. Those plans are expected to include killing and sampling a portion of deer there to check for the spreading of the disease.
The DNR has been concerned about the spread of CWD to the state's wild deer since 2002, when the disease was first found in captive elk near Aitkin. Minnesota's wild deer number about 1 million, and because CWD is always fatal to deer and elk, the effect on the state's half-million deer hunters and related industries would be significant.

CWD, which can be transmitted by animal-to-animal contact, is not believed to pose a danger to humans, though hunters and others who eat venison and elk meat are warned that an animal's brains and spinal cord should be avoided. The disease causes small lesions in brains of infected animals, degenerating their body condition and behavior.

CWD has long been found in some wild deer in southern Wisconsin.


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