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CWD---Adams County Captive Deer Tests Positive



News for Immediate Release

Oct. 11, 2012

First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Pennsylvania Deer
Adams County Captive Deer Tests Positive; No Evidence of Effect on Humans

Editor’s Note: Agriculture Secretary George Greig and other officials will hold a press conference to discuss Chronic Wasting Disease at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Capitol Media Center.

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County.

The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.

The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at 1491 New Chester Rd., New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts. The sample tissue was tested at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg and verified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer at 6464 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Lycoming County, and 61 Pickett Rd., Dover, York County. The quarantine prevents movement of animals on and off the premises.

“Pennsylvania has an aggressive Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program and a strong response plan,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Steps are being taken to prevent further spread of this disease to the state’s captive and wild deer populations.”

An interagency CWD task force is in place to address the threat of the disease to Pennsylvania’s captive and wild deer, elk and moose populations. The task force includes representatives of the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The task force will carry out the response plan, which includes education and outreach with public meetings and minimizing risk factors through continued surveillance, testing and management.

“To date CWD has not been found in Pennsylvania’s wild deer population,” said Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe. ”Concerns over CWD should not prevent anyone from enjoying deer hunting and consuming meat from healthy animals.”
Roe said that hunters should shoot only healthy-appearing animals, and take precautions like wearing rubber gloves when field-dressing their deer and wash thoroughly when finished.

“Though no human disease has been associated with CWD, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people or other animals do not eat any part of an animal diagnosed with or showing signs of CWD,” said Acting Health Secretary Michael Wolf.

CWD attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. It is transmitted by direct animal-to-animal contact through saliva, feces and urine.

Signs of the disease include weight loss, excessive salivation, increased drinking and urination, and abnormal behavior like stumbling, trembling and depression. Infected deer and elk may also allow unusually close approach by humans or natural predators. The disease is fatal and there is no known treatment or vaccine.

CWD was first discovered in Colorado captive mule deer in 1967, and has since been detected in 22 states and Canadian provinces, including Pennsylvania’s neighboring states of New York, West Virginia and Maryland. Pennsylvania is the 23rd state to find CWD in either a captive or wild population of deer and the 13th state to have it only in a captive deer herd.

Surveillance for CWD has been ongoing in Pennsylvania since 1998. The agriculture department coordinates a mandatory CWD monitoring program for more than 23,000 captive deer on 1,100 breeding farms, hobby farms and shooting preserves.

In addition, the Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer and elk and those that appear sick or behave abnormally. Since 1998, the commission has tested more than 38,000 free-ranging deer and elk for CWD and all have tested negative.

For more information from the departments of Agriculture and Health and the Pennsylvania Game Commission, visit:
www.agriculture.state.pa.us (click on the “Chronic Wasting Disease Information” button on the homepage),
www.pgc.state.pa.us (click on “CWD Info”), and
www.health.state.pa.us (click on “Diseases and Conditions”)

Media contacts:
Samantha Elliott Krepps, Agriculture, 717-787-5085
Aimee Tysarczyk, Health, 717-787-1783
Jerry Feaser, PGC, 717-705-6541

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great...just what we needed here in PA...
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It was only a matter of time....
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It was only a matter of time....
true......but I think it most likely got here sooner rather than later due to the commercial deer industry.

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In all other states, it was the commercial deer farms that were the catalyst for introduction spread.


For those that care to remember, deer lure and scent comes from the commercial farms. A few years ago the GC vet merely suggested that the GC look at not allowing "live animal" scents to prevent the spread of the prions. That would be the urine and glandular scents sold widely for hunting use.


Outrage followed over the mere suggestion that a ban be looked at.


Yet, now we have confirmed CWD in the state off one of these commercial farms.


Anyone know if they sell urine to scent producers? Likely this years first batches are on the shelves....

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If it aint one thing it's another!
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Pennsylvania has an aggressive Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program and a strong response plan,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Steps are being taken to prevent further spread of this disease to the state’s captive and wild deer populations.”
that strong response and steps that will be taken to prevent the spread of this disease....

mean that the herd in the immediate and surrounding areas are in imminent danger of eradication, almost total wipe out in order to prevent the spread.

just like they did in wisconsin and remember the Prions are in the spinal fluid and other bodily fluids of the infected animal...debone your own deer or demand that the processor debone your deer and dont mix your venison with another hunters venision (common practice)

ALSO cooking doesnt kill the prions, the human form of CWD is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or CJD

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Last I read the prions are also in the muscle tissue. I lived in Wisconsin and they did not stop the spread of this disease. Even when the deer are removed the prions are in the ground waiting to infect new deer to the area for years. What I wonder is how long does it really take for an infected deer to test positive.
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In all other states, it was the commercial deer farms that were the catalyst for introduction spread.


For those that care to remember, deer lure and scent comes from the commercial farms. A few years ago the GC vet merely suggested that the GC look at not allowing "live animal" scents to prevent the spread of the prions. That would be the urine and glandular scents sold widely for hunting use.


Outrage followed over the mere suggestion that a ban be looked at.


Yet, now we have confirmed CWD in the state off one of these commercial farms.


Anyone know if they sell urine to scent producers? Likely this years first batches are on the shelves....
I am confused...you say that they have a confirmed case from one of these farms that sell urine, then you ask if they are one of these farms.

So you really don't know if it is one of these farms that sell urine. So why make that comment? You are condemming the operation before you know that it is in deed one of them.
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Anyone know <span style="font-weight: bold">if </span>they sell urine to scent producers


If they do sell urine - the first batches are in the supply chain or ready to be so. Tis the season for high volume sales. Does are artificially induced into estrous and kept there.


In 2009 the GC vet suggested that the GC look into the use of deer scents based on urine.


Article on the issue:

Use of deer urine as hunting lure could spread CWD

October 06, 2009|By Gary R. Blockus OF THE MORNING CALL


Thousands of hunters who took to Pennsylvania's woods and fields for the archery antlered deer season opener last Saturday may have unintentionally poisoned the state's deer herd.

Walt Cottrell sounded the alarm loud and clear on Monday morning during the opening session of the two-day quarterly meetings of the Pennsylvania Game Commission at the Holiday Inn near the Sports Complex........

Cottrell, the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, gave a presentation on Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease that affects members of the Cervidae family, which includes deer and elk...........

No cases of CWD have been identified in Pennsylvania, but the disease has been found in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. One of the ways it is spread is through deer urine, which archery deer hunters and some firearms deer hunters use as both a lure and masking scent.

"Saskatchewan has already banned urine lures and nine states are considering it," Cottrell told the members of the commission.

Commissioner Thomas E. Boop of Lycoming County, stating that nine out of 10 archery hunters in Pennsylvania use deer urine as a lure, asked if there is a way for manufacturers to certify that urine is CWD free, but Cottrell said there is not.

"I think a lot of hunters haven't thought about this," said Boop, who asked that the commission issue a warning about using deer urine as soon as possible.

PGC president Gregory J. Isabella of Philadelphia, who represents the Southeast Region, said that he is an archery hunter who has used deer urine in the past, but will stop using it immediately.

Cottrell said he would recommend and support an immediate ban on the use of deer urine, as well as the feeding of deer with food that may have been grown in contaminated soil from other states.

Currently, it is unknown how long the CWD prions, the altered proteins that carry the disease, remain active. ........

http://articles.mcall.com/2009-10-06...-deer-antlered

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