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07 Aug 2007 01:08 AM  

CWD moving south in Illinois

The diseased deer might be from infected areas



A fatal deer disease discovered in northern Illinois in 2002 has spread to LaSalle County.

The county’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease was a mature doe found late last month on private property in Seneca near the Illinois River.

“It was showing the classic signs of chronic illness,” said Paul Shelton, forest wildlife program manager for the state Department of Natural Resources.

The latest case brings the state’s total to 189 since 2002.

Other counties with CWD cases are Winnebago, Boone, Ogle, DeKalb and McHenry.

The vast majority of the cases have been discovered in Winnebago and Boone counties.

Previously, the most-southern case was a single deer found in DeKalb County, about 30 miles north of Seneca.

Shelton thought the deer likely had wandered into LaSalle County from the northern counties. He said deer can travel great distances in a short time. He cited a Wisconsin study in which deer with radio transmitters were tracked. One deer went from Mount Horeb to nearby Madison, crossed the state line and was tracked in Freeport. Then, it returned to the Mount Horeb area.

“This was all in a few months,” Shelton said.

The DNR has sampled LaSalle County deer for CWD tests in the past, but didn’t last season.

Tests are conducted on hunter-harvested deer at check stations in the other CWD counties.

The DNR discontinued the check station system elsewhere in the state and replaced it with a call-in reporting format.

Shelton said it was too late to mandate check station reporting this season in LaSalle County, but he’ll explore the possibilities of setting up a location in the county to conduct volunteer testing.

Grundy County, which borders LaSalle, might also be included in the volunteer program.

“The timing of this doesn’t lend itself real well for sudden changes,” Shelton said.

LaSalle and Grundy counties might also be added to the special CWD season in January so the DNR can test more deer.

Reporter Doug Goodman can be reached at 815-987-1386 or dgoodman@rrstar.com.

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07 Aug 2007 01:30 AM  
Is this disease any thing like "blue tongue"?I have heard talk of both but never really been sure what exactly what
the diseases were.What are the symptoms to look for?
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07 Aug 2007 04:01 PM  
Here are a list of the symptoms:

Symptoms of CWD

A list of CWD symptoms in deer include: (1) no fear of humans, (2) nervousness, (3) teeth grinding, (4) loss of coordination, (5) notable weakness, (6) excessive salivation, (7) drooping of head and ears, (8) diminished tone of facial muscles, (9) excessive thirst, (10) excessive urination, (11) difficulty swallowing, (12) severe emaciation and dehydration, (13) rough dull coat, (14) inability to stand, and (15) walking in set patterns.

http://www.mndeerhunters.com/mdha/p...ms/cwd.php

I am not as familiar with all of the other deer diseases like blue tongue and there is much debate about the dangers of this disease to humans.  

I do know that the disease is caused by a deformed protein called a prion that is practically indestructible.  It cannot be cooked out of the meat and it is not only transmitted from animal to animal by saliva, but it is transfered to the ground and thus contaminates the earth where the animal has walked.

There is a big post on the old message base that will give you a lot of information on CWD and it's spread here:

http://www.buckmasters.com/forum/to...IC_ID=5033

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07 Aug 2007 04:34 PM  
Thanks for the info.
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