CWD Marches On -
Now In Saskatchewan Deer
From Patricia Doyle, PhD

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 now infected.
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 much longer.
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 [edited]
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 [2002] 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 programs.
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
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