CODY - Chronic wasting disease (CWD), a fatal neurological disease of deer, elk and moose, has been discovered in deer hunt area 119, bringing the known total of CWD hunt areas in the Big Horn Basin to thirteen; four new hunt areas (areas 47, 51, 119, 124) were confirmed positive this fall in the basin.
A white-tailed buck from hunt area 119 was confirmed CWD positive by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's wildlife disease laboratory in Laramie on November 15, 2010. The animal was harvested on November 7, 2010, on the LU Ranch south of Meeteetse. Hunt area 119 borders deer CWD endemic areas 120 to the south, and 127 to the east.
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. (Contact: Dennie Hammer (307) 527-7125) -WGFD-
By Grant Smith Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:01 PM CST In an unexpected turn with the city of Buffalo’s deer management program, two of the deer harvested within city limits last week tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.
Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman stated that the positive tests were a surprise and that the meat from the two deer will not be distributed to the public as planned.
“We had two deer that tested positive for chronic wasting and we will not be giving those deer away,” Chapman said. “They’re not going to be given to anybody.”
According to Warren Mischke with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, the city of Buffalo is located in Hunt Area 27 and this is not the first confirmed test of CWD in the area. ...snip...end
IN New York, it's believe that a Taxidermist brought in CWD ;
Those areas where infected carcasses or carcass parts may be found in quantity, such as taxidermy facilities, may act as foci where infection of live cervids may occur. Taxidermy operations were not noted in the CWD Plan, as they had not yet been identified as a potential source of infection.
A recent case in the state of New York had strong evidence that a CWD-positive animal living in an enclosure was linked to a taxidermy operation. Since there are no biosecurity protocols that can assure the destruction of the CWD agent, it is prudent to take steps to reduce the likelihood of live cervids interacting with potentially infected byproducts of taxidermy operations.
Investigations in New York indicate that the infection could have been spread by a taxidermist who accepted specimens from CWD-positive states, allowed rehabilitated fawns access to the taxidermy workshop and spread potentially infectious curing salt waste as a fence line weed killer on his deer farm.
SO, as i said, once established, it is very difficult to extinguish completely. the trading of cervids from state to state (legal and illegal), is another problem. deer urine scents is another problem, you have hunters that pour this stuff on themselves, and it's just plain stupid, from what science is telling us.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Detection of Sub-Clinical CWD Infection in Conventional Test-Negative Deer Long after Oral Exposure to Urine and Feces from CWD+ Deer
CWD UPDATE Infection Studies in Two Species of Non-Human Primates and one Environmental reservoir infectivity study and evidence of two strains
From: TSS (216-119-163-189.ipset45.wt.net)
Subject: CWD aka MAD DEER/ELK TO HUMANS ??
Date: September 30, 2002 at 7:06 am PST
From: "Belay, Ermias"
To Cc: "Race, Richard (NIH)" ; ; "Belay, Ermias"
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 9:22 AM
Subject: RE: TO CDC AND NIH - PUB MED- 3 MORE DEATHS - CWD - YOUNG HUNTERS
Dear Sir/Madam, In the Archives of Neurology you quoted (the abstract of which was attached to your email), we did not say CWD in humans will present like variant CJD.
That assumption would be wrong. I encourage you to read the whole article and call me if you have questions or need more clarification (phone: 404-639-3091). Also, we do not claim that "no-one has ever been infected with prion disease from eating venison." Our conclusion stating that we found no strong evidence of CWD transmission to humans in the article you quoted or in any other forum is limited to the patients we investigated.
Ermias Belay, M.D. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Subject: TO CDC AND NIH - PUB MED- 3 MORE DEATHS - CWD - YOUNG HUNTERS
Sunday, November 10, 2002 6:26 PM ......snip........end..............TSS