VDGIF has discovered four positive cases of CWD in Virginia Updated 9/24/2012
Posted Oct 08 2012 1:28pm
CWD Snapshot - Updated 9/24/2012
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease of deer. Its potential impacts to our deer herd are a serious concern over the long-term. CWD has not been shown to pose a health risk to humans, livestock, or pets.
VDGIF has discovered four positive cases of CWD in Virginia. All were killed by hunters in western Frederick County—a doe during November 2009, a buck during November 2010, and a buck and a doe during November of 2011. No other positives were found during 2011 statewide sampling.
Mandatory sample dates for the 2012 CWD Containment Area (Frederick County and the City of Winchester west of I-81 and the portion of Shenandoah County west of I-81 and north of Route 675) will be Nov 17, 24, and Dec 1. We ask that all deer harvested on this day in the Containment Area (CA) be brought to one of the following check stations for CWD sampling:
Shenandoah County - Larkins Grocery (rt 42) or Gradens Grocery (rt 55) Frederick County - Cathers (rt 50), Cross Roads (rt 522), Gore (rt 50), T&R (rt 50), or Shawnee Springs Market (rt 522, has replaced State Line on rt 127 as a check station for CWD sampling)
Since 2005, 108 cases of CWD have been found nearby in West Virginia. In total, over 6,500 deer have been tested in Virginia for CWD since DGIF began conducting surveillance in 2002.
Special restrictions regarding hunting seasons, deer rehabilitation, deer feeding, and carcass movements were established in the CWD CA in 2009 in response to the CWD positive deer diagnosed in both Virginia and West Virginia. Hunters anywhere in Virginia headed into Kentucky or North Carolina must bone-out or quarter their deer carcass so the brain and spinal cord are removed. Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will accept whole deer carcasses from Virginia except those originating from Virginia's CWD CA, where carcasses must be boned-out or quartered so the brain and spinal cord are removed. For Tennessee, whole deer carcasses are allowed except those originating from anywhere in Frederick County and Shenandoah County, where carcasses must be boned-out or quartered so the brain and spinal cord is removed.
VDGIF has the primary role in CWD surveillance and management in the Virginia. The Department relies on assistance from hunters, taxidermists, processors, other agencies, and diverse constituent groups to implement its surveillance efforts effectively.
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The following press release (shortened for inclusion on this update) was issued by the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources on December 17, 2007: Five Additional Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Hampshire County, West Virginia. Preliminary test results have detected the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) agent in five hunter-harvested deer collected in Hampshire County during the 2007 deer firearms hunting season. “As part of our agency’s ongoing and intensive CWD surveillance effort, samples were collected from 1,285 hunter-harvested deer brought to game checking stations in Hampshire County,” noted Frank Jezioro, Director for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR). The five CWD positive deer included one 2.5 year-old doe, two 2.5 year-old bucks, one 3.5 year-old buck, and one 4.5 year-old buck. Four of the five deer were harvested within the Hampshire County CWD Containment Area (i.e., that portion of Hampshire County located North of U.S. Route 50). The fifth deer was also harvested in Hampshire County, but it was killed outside the CWD Containment Area near Yellow Springs, West Virginia. CWD has now been detected in a total of 19 deer in Hampshire County (i.e., one road-killed deer confirmed in 2005, four deer collected by the DNR in 2005, five deer collected by the DNR in 2006, one hunter-harvest deer taken during the 2006 deer season, three deer collected by the DNR in 2007 and five hunter-harvested deer taken during the 2007 deer season). Operating within guidelines established by its CWD – Incident Response Plan, the DNR has taken the steps necessary to implement appropriate management actions designed to control the spread of this disease, prevent further introduction of the disease, and possibly eliminate the disease from the state. Full text of the press release is at: