- Hello Jeff: I do not believe that people understand
the urgency and severity of the situation of chronic wasting disease and
its implications for the US and Canada.
- If you read the previous references, then you see that
CWD is a major problem from New York through the Rocky Mountain States
and into Canada and still spreading. I believe that the spread of CWD
coincides with the spread of sCJD. Many patients who have been diagnosed
with Alzheimer's Disease, I believe, have been missed diagnosed and may,
very well, have sporadic CJD.
- Science does not have an answer for us at this time,
and we have no solution in sight.
- The spread of this disease has very severe consequences
for the US and Canada and eventually Central and South America.
- 1] Date: Tues 14 May 2002
- From: ProMED-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Source: Denver Post [edited] <http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36%257E53%257E609759%257E,00.html>
- Two More Cases Of CWD Found Inside Elk Ranch In Routt
- The 2 infected mule deer were killed inside an 1800 acre
hunting pen at the Motherwell Ranch in January. But their brains were in
a batch of about 90 deer heads sent to the University of Wyoming in Laramie
- The results returned last week bring the number of cases
of the fatal brain wasting disease on the Western Slope to 10. About 1000
deer were killed inside the ranch's hunting pen and in a 5 mile radius
around the facility between January and April 2002. A total of 4 sick deer
were found inside the fence and 6 more deer were found outside -- all within
a few miles of the ranch. None of the 146 elk killed outside the facility
- Wes Adams, owner of the Motherwell hunting and fishing
ranch, has refused to allow the US Department of Agriculture to kill his
herd of 103 elk to see whether the animals are infected. USDA would pay
up to $2850 per animal. Adams said he spent much more for his trophy bulls
and breeding cows. "Our biggest concern right now is the need to depopulate
that herd," said Denny Behrens of the Colorado Mule Deer Association.
"We think the facility is infected. It's a matter of how many."
-  Date: Sat 18 May 2002
- From: ProMED-mail <email@example.com>
- Source: The Western Producer 16 May 2002 [edited] <http://www.producer.com/articles/20020516/news/20020516news29.html>
- Saskatchewan Officials Suspect Another Case Of CWD In
- A sample taken from a 3year old mule deer buck was tested
at Prairie Diagnostic Services in Saskatoon and has been sent to a lab
in Nepean, Ontario, for confirmation.
- Provincial CWD manager Kevin Omoth said the sample will
be checked a third time in the United States if it tests positive at the
- The buck was found in the Manito Sand Hills area near
Lloydminster, where 2 other positive tests have been confirmed in the past
year. It was among 185 samples taken from an estimated deer population
of 400 in the area.
- The department will again be asking for hunter and landowner
cooperation this fall, when they begin collecting deer and elk heads for
testing. In the past 4 years 5838 samples have been tested.
-  Date: 24 May 2002
- From: Pablo Nart <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Source: Green Bay Press Gazette 23 May 2002 [edited]
- Four More Cases Of Fatal Brain Disease In Deer Found
- The [Wisconsin] State Natural Resources Board was told
that 4 more deer killed in a special hunt in March and April had a fatal
brain disease and one was found just outside an area where the state wants
all deer killed.
- As a result, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
will expand the 287 square mile eradication zone by about 65 square miles
near Cross Plains and Ridgeway, said Julie Langenberg, a DNR wildlife veterinarian.
- In another development, the DNR said it was scaling back
immediate plans to kill all the deer in the eradication zone just west
of Madison by limiting hunting to one week each month during the summer.
- Langenberg said a 4 years and 6 months old doe killed
south east of Ridgeway was among 4 deer that tested positive for chronic
wasting disease (CWD) when their lymph nodes were examined. The tests indicated
all 4 had early stages of the infection before it moves into the brain,
she said. The additional 4 deer bring to 18 the number of the animals confirmed.
All were killed in Dane and Iowa counties. The deer near Ridgeway was the
first one found south of Mount Horeb. The others have been mostly northwest
of the city. Natural Resources Board Chairman Trig Solberg said during
the meeting in Minocqua he was not surprised diseased deer were found on
the fringes of the eradication zone, forcing wildlife officials to expand
-  Date: 23 May 2002
- From: Doug Metcalf <email@example.com>
- Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources News
- New Test Procedure Find 4 More CWD Positive Deer
- MADISON, Wisconsin: Additional testing of tissues from
a sample of 516 deer shot in March and April 2002 and submitted for CWD
testing has yielded 4 additional CWD positive deer from the sample area.
The test uses lymph node tissue and is still experimental, but seems to
compare well to the accepted test standard using brain stem tissue.
- This brings the total number of CWD cases found in the
516 deer sample taken from western Dane-eastern Iowa counties to 15. "Several
research facilities have been working at developing reliable alternate
CWD tests detecting CWD earlier in the disease cycle," said DNR's
wildlife veterinarian Julie Langenberg. "This test is an immunohistochemical
staining (IHC) process, similar to the IHC test currently used on the brain
- "The brain stem test continues to be the currently
accepted standard for determining the presence of CWD in a wildlife population,"
said Langenberg, "but working with research partners to use new tests
to better diagnose CWD will improve our chances of successfully eradicating
- Wisconsin wildlife officials are confident enough of
the lymph test results to add them to the list of positive CWD diagnoses,
noting that the tell-tale staining indicating CWD under the microscope
is a characteristic and reliable indicator. Lymph tissue collected from
the 11 deer previously determined infected via the brain stem test also
proved positive in the additional testing.
- The 4 deer announced as CWD positive today did not show
up positive in the earlier brain stem testing. One of the reasons for developing
a lymph test, according to animal health experts, is that it shows promise
for detecting the disease at an earlier stage, before there is sufficient
build-up of the disease-causing agent to be detected in the brain stem
test. DNR wildlife managers had informed landowners submitting deer for
testing in March and April 2002 that additional tests might be run on deer
shot on their properties, and the possibility existed for additional positive
- One of the 4 new CWD finds is near the south western
edge of the current CWD eradication zone. Based on the state's CWD management
plan, the zone now will be modified to incorporate the new findings. The
management plan calls for extending the zone if a CWD positive deer is
found near the edge of the current boundary by including those sections
within about 4 miles of a section containing a CWD positive deer. This
will add about 41 square miles to the eradication zone bringing it to 328
- [see also:
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA : update 2002
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (NY) (03)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA: RFI
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (NY) (02)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Indiana)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA: regulations
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Neb) (05)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (NY): Alert
- Chronic wasting disease - USA: policy rebuttal
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Wisc.) (02)
- Chronic wasting disease - USA (Colo, Neb, Wis)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Texas)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - Canada
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Colo.) (04)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Neb., Wisc.)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Colorado) (03)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Colorado) (02)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Wisconsin)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (South Dakota)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Nebraska) (04)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Nebraska) (03)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Colorado)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Nebraska) (02)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Nebraska)
- Chronic wasting disease, cervids - USA (Kansas)