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TEXAS CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD Four New Positives Found in Trans Pecos

Posted Feb 11 2013 6:50pm
TEXAS CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD Four New Positives Found in Trans Pecos




News Release




Media Contact: Steve Lightfoot, 512-389-4701, steve.lightfoot@tpwd.state.tx.us




Feb. 11, 2013




Four New Positives Found in Trans Pecos CWD Surveillance


Disease not discovered outside Containment Zone






AUSTIN – Nearly 300 tissue samples were collected from hunter harvested mule deer from the Trans Pecos ecoregion of far West Texas during the 2012-13 season for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing. Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory and National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) have confirmed CWD in four of those samples. All CWD-positive deer were harvested within the CWD Containment Zone.






Of 298 deer sampled during hunting season, 107 were harvested in the Containment Zone, 93 were harvested in the adjacent High Risk Zone, 25 were harvested in the Buffer Zone, and 73 deer were harvested outside of the CWD zones. Nineteen of the samples collected from the Containment Zone were from deer harvested in the Hueco Mountains.






“The good news is that CWD has not been detected in Texas outside of the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties,” said Mitch Lockwood, Big Game Program Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.






Including the two positives reported from TPWD’s strategic sampling effort last summer, and the three positives reported by New Mexico Game and Fish last year, CWD has been detected in 9 of 31 deer sampled in the Hueco Mountains.






CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Other diseases in this group include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in cattle, and Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. CWD among cervids is a progressive, fatal disease that commonly results in altered behavior as a result of microscopic changes made to the brain of affected animals. An animal may carry the disease for years without outward indication, but in the latter stages, signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns, and a lack of responsiveness. CWD is not known to affect humans.






There is no vaccine or cure for CWD, but steps have been taken to minimize the risk of the disease spreading from beyond the area where it currently exists. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and Texas Animal Health Commission adopted rules restricting movement of deer, elk, and other susceptible species within or from the CWD Zones, and enhancing surveillance efforts.






SL 2013-02-11
















2012-2013 CWD Test Results















Tuesday, July 10, 2012


Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Far West Texas














Saturday, July 07, 2012



TEXAS Animal Health Commission Accepting Comments on Chronic Wasting Disease Rule Proposal



Considering the seemingly high CWD prevalence rate in the Sacramento and Hueco Mountains of New Mexico, CWD may be well established in the population and in the environment in Texas at this time.











Tuesday, July 10, 2012



Dr. James C. Kroll Texas deer czar final report on Wisconsin












Friday, June 01, 2012



*** TEXAS DEER CZAR TO WISCONSIN ASK TO EXPLAIN COMMENTS












Thursday, March 29, 2012



TEXAS DEER CZAR SAYS WISCONSIN DNR NOT DOING ENOUGH ABOUT CWD LIKE POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK












2011 – 2012



Friday, October 28, 2011



CWD Herd Monitoring Program to be Enforced Jan. 2012 TEXAS



Greetings TAHC et al,



A kind greetings from Bacliff, Texas.



In reply to ;




Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Announcement October 27, 2011



I kindly submit the following ;











Wednesday, June 13, 2012



TAHC Modifies Entry Requirements Effective Immediately for Cervids DUE TO CWD



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE












Monday, March 26, 2012



Texas Prepares for Chronic Wasting Disease CWD Possibility in Far West Texas












Monday, March 26, 2012



3 CASES OF CWD FOUND NEW MEXICO MULE DEER SEVERAL MILS FROM TEXAS BORDER












Saturday, June 09, 2012



USDA Establishes a Herd Certification Program for Chronic Wasting Disease in the United States












Thursday, May 31, 2012



CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CWD PRION2012 Aerosol, Inhalation transmission, Scrapie, cats, species barrier, burial, and more













Tuesday, June 05, 2012



Captive Deer Breeding Legislation Overwhelmingly Defeated During 2012 Legislative Session












Monday, February 04, 2013



CWD UPDATE DEER FARMS CAPTIVE SHOOTING PEN OWNERS Iowa SENATE FILE 59 BY Senator Dick L. Dearden













Friday, February 08, 2013



Behavior of Prions in the Environment: Implications for Prion Biology












Tuesday, December 18, 2012



A Growing Threat How deer breeding could put public trust wildlife at risk













Friday, November 09, 2012



*** Chronic Wasting Disease CWD in cervidae and transmission to other species












Friday, December 14, 2012



*** Susceptibility Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild cervids to Humans 2005 – December 14, 2012












Thursday, December 27, 2012



CWD TSE PRION, dr. deer, shooting pen type game farms and ranchers, Texas, TAHC, Houston Chronicle, all silent about disease ?













Thursday, December 13, 2012



HUNTERS FEELING THE HEAT Houston Chronicle December 13, 2012 OUTDOORS not talking about CWD in Texas











Wednesday, November 07, 2012



Chronic Wasting Disease CWD, Texas, Houston Chronicle Shannon Thomkins 1998 - 2012 what happened ??











Thursday, July 12, 2012



CWD aka MAD DEER, ELK DISEASE TEXAS HOUSTON CHRONICLE Wednesday, July 11, 2012













2001 - 2002


Subject: Texas Borders Reopened for Importing Black-Tailed Deer & Elk New Entry Regulations in Effect $ CWD TESTING STATISTICS ?


Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 17:18:16 –0700


From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."


Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


To: BSE-L@uni-karlsruhe.de


######## Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #########


NEWS RELEASE


Texas Animal Health Commission


Box l2966 * Austin, Texas 78711 * (800) 550-8242 * FAX (512) 719-0719


Linda Logan, DVM, PhD * Executive Director


For info, contact Carla Everett, information officer, at 1-800-550-8242, ext. 710, or ceverett@tahc.state.tx.us


snip...


TEXAS OLD STATISTICS BELOW FOR PAST CWD TESTING;


Subject: CWD testing in Texas


Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 19:45:14 –0500


From: Kenneth Waldrup


To: flounder@wt.net


CC: mcoats@tahc.state.tx.us


Dear Dr. Singletary,


In Fiscal Year 2001, seven deer from Texas were tested by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) for CWD (5 fallow deer and 2 white-tailed deer). In Fiscal Year 2002, seven elk from Texas were tested at NVSL (no deer). During these two years, an additional six elk and one white-tailed deer were tested at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). In Fiscal Year 2002, four white-tailed deer (free-ranging clinical suspects) and at least eight other white-tailed deer have been tested at TVMDL. One elk has been tested at NVSL. All of these animals have been found negative for CWD. Dr. Jerry Cooke of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also has records of 601 clinically ill white-tailed deer which were necropsied at Texas A&M during the late 1960's and early 1970's, and no spongiform encepalopathies were noted.


Thank you for your consideration.


Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD Texas Animal Health Commission






========================






TEXAS CWD STATUS


Captive Cervids


There have been no reported CWD infections of captive elk or deer in Texas. There is currently no mandatory surveillance program for susceptible cervids kept on game farms, although, there has been voluntary surveillance since 1999, which requires owners of participating herds to maintain an annual herd inventory and submit samples for all mortalities of animals over 16 months of age.


snip...


SO, i thought i would just see where these Ecoregions were, and just how the CWD testing was distributed. YOU would think that with the cluster of CWD bordering TEXAS at the WPMR in NM, you would have thought this would be where the major CWD testing samples were to have been taken? wrong! let's have a look at the sample testing. here is map of CWD in NM WPMR bordering TEXAS;






NEW MEXICO 7 POSITIVE CWD WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE MAP














CWD TEXAS TAHC OLD FILE HISTORY


updated from some of my old files. ...







Subject: CWD SURVEILLANCE STATISTICS TEXAS (total testing figures less than 50 in two years)


Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 21:06:49 –0700


From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."


Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


To: BSE-L@uni-karlsruhe.de


######## Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy #########


greetings list members,


here are some figures on CWD testing in TEXAS...TSS


Dear Dr. Singletary,


In Fiscal Year 2001, seven deer from Texas were tested by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) for CWD (5 fallow deer and 2 white-tailed deer). In Fiscal Year 2002, seven elk from Texas were tested at NVSL (no deer). During these two years, an additional six elk and one white-tailed deer were tested at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). In Fiscal Year 2002, four white-tailed deer (free-ranging clinical suspects) and at least eight other white-tailed deer have been tested at TVMDL. One elk has been tested at NVSL. All of these animals have been found negative for CWD. Dr. Jerry Cooke of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also has records of 601 clinically ill white-tailed deer which were necropsied at Texas A&M during the late 1960's and early 1970's, and no spongiform encepalopathies were noted. Thank you for your consideration.


xxxxxxx


Texas Animal Health Commission


(personal communication...TSS)


Austin 8 news


snip...


"There's about 4 million deer in the state of Texas, and as a resource I think we need to be doing as much as we can to look for these diseases," said Doug Humphreys with Texas Parks and Wildlife. "Right now Texas is clear. We haven't found any, but that doesn't mean we don't look."










With approximately 4 million animals, Texas has the largest population of white-tailed deer in the nation. In addition, about 19,000 white-tailed deer and 17,000 elk are being held in private facilities. To know if CWD is present in captive herds, TPWD and Texas Animal Health Commission are working with breeders to monitor their herds.










How is it spread?


It is not known exactly how CWD is spread. It is believed that the agent responsible for the disease may be spread both directly (animal to animal contact) and indirectly (soil or other surface to animal). It is thought that the most common mode of transmission from an infected animal is via saliva, feces, and urine.








some surveillance?






beyond the _potential_ methods of transmissions above, why, not a single word of SRM of various TSE species in feed as a source?


it's a known fact they have been feeding the deer/elk the same stuff as cows here in USA.


and the oral route has been documented of CWD to mule deer fawns in lab studies.


not to say that other _potential_ transmission mechanisms are possible, but why over look the obvious?





TSS













From: Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD (host25-207.tahc.state.tx.us)


Subject: Re: CWD SAMPLING TEXAS (but NOT in the obvious place, the NM, TEXAS border)


Date: December 15, 2003 at 3:43 pm PST


In Reply to: CWD SAMPLING TEXAS (but NOT in the obvious place, the NM, TEXAS border) posted by TSS on December 12, 2003 at 2:15 pm:



Dear sirs:





With regard to your comment about Texas NOT looking for CWD along the New Mexico border, it is painfully obvious that you do not know or understand the natural distribution of mule deer out there or the rights of the land owners in this state. As of 15 December 2003, a total of 42 deer had been sampled from what we call "Trans-Pecos", beyond the Pecos River. Mule deer are very widely dispersed through this area, sometimes at densities of one animal per 6 square miles. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department does not have the legal authority to trepass on private property to collect deer. Some landowners are cooperative. Some are not. Franklin State Park is at the very tip of Texas, and deer from the park have been tested (all negative). One of the single largest land owners along the border is the National Park Service. Deer and elk from the Guadalupe Peak National Park cannot be collected with federal permission. The sampling throughout the state is based on the deer populations by eco-region and is dictated by the availability of funds. I am concerned about your insinuation that CWD is a human health risk. We are at a stand-off - you have no proof that it is and I have no definitive proof that it isn't. However I would say that the inferred evidence from Colorado, Wyoming and Wisconsin suggests that CWD is not a human health concern (i.e. no evidence of an increased incidence of human brain disorders within the CWD "endemic" areas of these states). From my professional interactions with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, I can definitely say that they want to do a thorough and sound survey throughout the state, not willy-nilly "look here, look there". There are limitations of manpower, finances and, in some places, deer populations. I would congratulate TPWD for doing the best job with the limitations at hand rather than trying to browbeat them when you obviously do not understand the ecology of West Texas. Thank you for your consideration.






======================






From: TSS (216-119-139-126.ipset19.wt.net)


Subject: Re: CWD SAMPLING TEXAS (but NOT in the obvious place, the NM, TEXAS border)


Date: December 16, 2003 at 11:03 am PST


In Reply to: Re: CWD SAMPLING TEXAS (but NOT in the obvious place, the NM, TEXAS border) posted by Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD on December 15, 2003 at 3:43 pm:


HEllo Dr. Waldrup,


thank you for your comments and time to come to this board.


Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD states;


> it is painfully obvious that you do not know or understand the natural distribution of mule deer out there or the rights of the land owners in this state...


TSS states;


I am concerned about all deer/elk not just mule deer, and the rights of land owners (in the case with human/animal TSEs) well i am not sure of the correct terminology, but when the States deer/elk/cattle/sheep/humans are at risk, there should be no rights for land owners in this case. the state should have the right to test those animals. there are too many folks out there that are just plain ignorant about this agent. with an agent such as this, you cannot let landowners (and i am one) dictate human/animal health, especially when you cannot regulate the movement of such animals...


Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD states;


> Deer and elk from the Guadalupe Peak National Park cannot be collected with federal permission.


TSS states;


I do not understand this? so there is no recourse of action even if every deer/elk was contaminated with CWD in this area (hypothetical)?


Ken Waldrup, DVM, PhD states;


> I am concerned about your insinuation that CWD is a human health risk. We are at a stand-off - you have no proof that it is and I have no definitive proof that it isn't. However I would say that the inferred evidence from Colorado, Wyoming and Wisconsin suggests that CWD is not a human health concern (i.e. no evidence of an increased incidence of human brain disorders within the CWD "endemic" areas of these states)...




TSS states;






NEXT, let's have a look at the overall distribution of CWD in Free-Ranging Cervids and see where the CWD cluster in NM WSMR borders TEXAS;


Current Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in Free-Ranging Cervids








NOW, the MAP of the Exoregion where the samples were taken to test for CWD;


CWD SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS TEXAS








Ecoregions of TEXAS








IF you look at the area around the NM WSMR where the CWD cluster was and where it borders TEXAS, that ecoregion is called Trans Pecos region. Seems if my Geography and my Ciphering is correct ;-) that region only tested 55% of it's goal. THE most important area on the MAP and they only test some 96 samples, this in an area that has found some 7 positive animals? NOW if we look at the only other border where these deer from NM could cross the border into TEXAS, this area is called the High Plains ecoregion, and again, we find that the sampling for CWD was pathetic. HERE we find that only 9% of it's goal of CWD sampling was met, only 16 samples were tested from some 175 that were suppose to be sampled.





AS i said before;




> SADLY, they have not tested enough from the total population to



> know if CWD is in Texas or not.




BUT now, I will go one step further and state categorically that they are not trying to find it. just the opposite it seems, they are waiting for CWD to find them, as with BSE/TSE in cattle, and it will eventually...





snip...end...TSS





===============================






2005




SEE MAP OF CWD ON THE BORDER OF NEW MEXICO VERY CLOSE TO TEXAS ;













NO update on CWD testing in Texas, New Mexico that i could find. I have inquired about it though, no reply yet...







-------- Original Message --------


Subject: CWD testing to date TEXAS ?


Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 12:26:20 –0500


From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."


To: kristen.everett@tpwd.state.tx.us




Hello Mrs. Everett,


I am most curious about the current status on CWD testing in Texas. could you please tell me what the current and past testing figures are to date and what geographical locations these tests have been in. good bust on the illegal deer trapping case. keep up the good work there.........


thank you, with kindest regards,


Terry S. Singeltary Sr. P.O. Box 42 Bacliff, Texas USA 77518







-------- Original Message --------


Subject: CWD testing in New Mexico


Date: Mon, 09 May 2005 14:39:18 –0500


From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."


To: ispa@state.nm.us


Greetings,


I am most curious of the current and past CWD testing in New Mexico, and there geographical locations...


thank you,


Terry S. Singeltary SR. CJD Watch









#################### https://lists.aegee.org/bse-l.html ####################




2006




----- Original Message -----


From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr." flounder9@VERIZON.NET


To: BSE-L@aegee.org


Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 1:47 PM


Subject: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ??


Subject: CWD in New Mexico 35 MILES FROM TEXAS BORDER and low testing sampling figures -- what gives TAHC ??


Date: December 23, 2006 at 11:25 am PST


Greetings BSE-L members,






i never know if i am going crazy or just more of the same BSe. several years ago i brought up the fact to the TAHC that CWD was literally at the Texas borders and that the sample size for cwd testing was no where near enough in the location of that zone bordering NM. well, i just wrote them another letter questioning this again on Dec. 14, 2006 (see below) and showed them two different pdf maps, one referencing this url, which both worked just fine then. since then, i have NOT received a letter from them answering my question, and the url for the map i used as reference is no longer working? i had reference this map several times from the hunter-kill cwd sampling as of 31 August 2005 pdf which NO longer works now?? but here are those figures for that zone bordering NM, for those that were questioning the url. the testing samples elsewhere across Texas where much much more than that figure in the zone bordering NM where CWD has been documented bordering TEXAS, near the White Sands Missile Range. SO, why was the Texas hunter-kill cwd sampling as of 31 August 2005 document removed from the internet?? you know, this reminds me of the infamous TEXAS MAD COW that i documented some 7 or 8 months before USDA et al documented it, when the TAHC accidentally started ramping up for the announcement on there web site, then removed it (see history at bottom). i am not screaming conspiracy here, but confusious is confused again on the ciphering there using for geographical distribution of cwd tissue sample size survey, IF they are serious about finding CWD in TEXAS. common sense would tell you if cwd is 35 miles from the border, you would not run across state and have your larger samples there, and least samples 35 miles from where is what found..........daaa..........TSS







THEN NOTICE CWD sample along that border in TEXAS, Three Year Summary of Hunter-Kill CWD sampling as of 31 August 2005 of only 191 samples, then compare to the other sample locations ;

















TPWD has been conducting surveys of hunter-kill animals since 2002 and has collected more than 7300 samples (as of 31 August 2005). In total, there have been over 9400 samples, both hunter-kill and private samples, tested in Texas to date, and no positives have been found.











SO, out of a total of 9,400 samples taken for CWD surveillance in TEXAS since 2002 of both hunter-kill and private kill, ONLY 191 samples have been taken in the most likely place one would find CWD i.e. the border where CWD has been documented at TEXAS and New Mexico


latest map NM cwd old data

















CWD in New Mexico ;


What is the Department doing to prevent the spread of CWD?


Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently detected in a mule deer from Unit 34. Until 2005, CWD had only been found in Unit 19. With this discovery, the Department will increase its surveillance of deer and elk harvested in Units 29, 30 and 34.


Lymph nodes and/or brain stems from every harvested deer and brain stems from all elk taken in Unit 34 will be sampled.







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CWD SURVEILLANCE TEXAS










SNIP...SEE FULL TEXT ;







2011 – 2012




Friday, October 28, 2011



CWD Herd Monitoring Program to be Enforced Jan. 2012 TEXAS




Greetings TAHC et al,



A kind greetings from Bacliff, Texas.



In reply to ;




Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Announcement October 27, 2011




I kindly submit the following ;




















TSS





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