CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE DISCOVERED IN DEER HUNT AREA 165
CODY- Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose has been discovered in deer hunt area 165, bringing the known total CWD areas in the Big Horn Basin to fifteen out of thirty-nine.
A white-tailed deer taken on October 15, 2011 near the Greybull River has tested positive for the disease. Hunt area 165 borders deer CWD endemic hunt areas 122 to the north, 124 to the east, and 125 to the south. The disease is now known to occur in Big Horn Basin deer hunt areas 37, 39, 41, 42, 46, 47, 51, 119, 120, 122, 124, 125, 127, 164, and 165. After a review of available scientific data, the World Health Organization in December 1999 stated, "There is currently no evidence that CWD in cervidae (deer and elk) is transmitted to humans." In 2004, Dr. Ermias Belay of the Center for Disease Control said, "The lack of evidence of a link between CWD transmission and unusual cases of CJD, [Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a human prion disease] despite several epidemiological investigations, suggest that the risk, if any, of transmission of CWD to humans is low." Nonetheless to avoid risk, both organizations say parts or products from any animal that looks sick and/or tests positive for CWD should not be eaten. Cody region personnel continue to collect samples through hunter field checks, and at CWD sampling stations.
For more information on chronic wasting disease visit the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website at www.cwd-info.org. -WGFD-