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CWD not Found in Pennsylvania Hunter-Harvested Deer Samples

From Pennsylvania Game Commission

-- Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not detected in samples taken from hunter-harvested deer during the state's 2007 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife veterinarian. 

In 2007, 3,800 samples from hunter-harvested deer were tested, and CWD was not detected. This marked the fifth year for testing hunter-killed deer. In total, nearly 18,100 deer have been tested. CWD was not detected in any samples from previous years.

Results showing that the CWD tests of hunter-harvested elk from 2007 were all negative were announced on Feb. 13.

The CWD tests on deer and elk samples were conducted by the New Bolton Center, which is the University of Pennsylvania's veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Under a contract with Penn State University, the elk samples also were tested for brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis and found to be free of those diseases.

Costs for CWD surveillance are offset by a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Heads from hunter-harvested deer were collected from deer processors by deer aging teams during the two-week rifle deer season. Specific tissues were collected from these heads at Game Commission region offices by agency personnel and Pennsylvania and U.S. departments of agriculture animal health officials. 

For more information on CWD, visit the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us), click on "Wildlife" in the left-hand column, then scroll down and choose "Chronic Wasting Disease" in the "Wildlife Disease" section. 

Additional information on CWD can be found on the CWD Alliance's website (www.cwd-info.org).

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