2012-03-31 / News

Chronic Wasting Disease not detected in Ohio deer

REYNOLDSBURG – The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) trecently announced that testing of Ohio’s deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) for the 10th straight year. CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.

According to ODNR’s Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 549 samples last year from hunter-harvested deer from 36 counties, primarily during the deer-gun season that ran Nov. 28 - Dec. 4. All CWD testing is performed at ODA’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

In addition to CWD, 561 of the hunter-harvested deer samples were also tested for bovine tuberculosis. Results found no evidence of this disease in Ohio deer as well. Additional CWD samples are being taken from road-killed deer, but those test results are not yet available. Sampling will continue through April.

While CWD has never been found in Ohio’s deer herd, it had been diagnosed in wild and captive deer, moose, or elk in 15 other states and two Canadian provinces. There is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.

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