- I think that the US and Canadian Governments better realize
that there is an epidemic of prion, or mad cow disease in deer, elk, moose,
bison etc etc. As the disease expands into virgin territory and infected
animals are "killed" on the spot, so, too, are the soil and environment
- I fail to understand why the government hasn't looked
at the connection between Chronic Wasting Disease in animals, and Sporadic
CJD (sCJD) in humans.
- "Procrastination" will not stop the inevitable.
Denying that there is mad cow in the US and Canada will not fool the public
- Eventually, the CDC is going to be facing many relatives
and friends of those who die from mad cow disease in the US and Canada.
Mad Cow, or whatever name you give it, is HERE in the New World... in North
America. The killer is amongst us...and semantics won't change that fact.
- Patricia Doyle
- From ProMED-mail
- Source: The Western Producer
- CWD Found In Saskatchewan Deer
- By Karen Briere
- Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has turned up in a new
part of Saskatchewan and in a different kind of deer. A 2 year old white-tailed
buck, shot by a hunter in the Paradise Hill district north of Lloydminster,
is the 7th positive case found in the wild deer population since early
2001. This fall 4 cases were found in animals killed by hunters. The previous
cases had all been in western Saskatchewan, but south of Lloydminster.
- Kevin Omoth of Saskatchewan Environment said he couldn't
explain why several positives have turned up in a relatively short period
of time. There is no way to predict the results, he said. "Last fall
[2001?] we tested I think 5300 plus and didn't get one positive,"
he said, but the following spring  officials tested 185 and one was
positive. Omoth said the discovery that the disease is further north than
previously thought is a concern. "We'll have to work (the area) into
our strategy for next year," he said, referring to herd reduction
- Omoth also said it's no surprise that the disease surfaced
in white-tailed deer. "The Americans have been telling us they are
equally susceptible," he said. Of the 7 positive tests, 5 were mule
deer bucks, one was a mule deer doe, and now the white-tailed buck.
- CWD has not shown up in wild elk and Omoth said officials
don't expect it will, although it is a possibility. Where it is most prevalent
in the US wild population, it affects about 16 per cent of deer but less
than one per cent of elk, he said. Saskatchewan Environment said last week
4000 deer heads had been submitted for testing so far. Omoth said the cooperation
of hunters and landowners has been invaluable in the fight to control CWD.
The department would like to test as many heads as possible and is still
asking hunters to drop off frozen samples at their local department office.
- Hunters should supply their name and address and the
date and location where the animal was killed. Antlers should be removed.
Hunters are also reminded that the department does not accept animal hides.
They should be dropped off at Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation depots.
- Patricia A. Doyle, PhD
- Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message
- Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa
- Go with God and in Good Health