FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2010
Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in Ohio Deer
CWD testing performed by Ohio Department of Agriculture
COLUMBUS, OH - For the eighth straight year, testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
According to the Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 571 samples last year from hunter-harvested deer from 44 counties, primarily during the deer-gun season that ran November 30 - December 6. All CWD testing is performed at the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).
In addition to CWD, all 571 samples of the hunter-harvested deer samples were also tested for bovine tuberculosis. Results found no evidence of this disease in Ohio deer.
Additional CWD samples are being taken from road-killed deer, but those test results are not yet available. Sampling continues through April.
Since 2002, the Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the ODA's Division of Animal Industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has been conducting surveillance throughout the state for CWD and bovine tuberculosis. 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. Since CWD was discovered in the western United States in the late 1960s, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.
The Division of Wildlife continues to carefully monitor the health of Ohio's wild deer herd throughout the year. For the latest information on CWD, visit wildohio.com or the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at cwd-info.org . To view individual test results visit the ODA's Web site at www.agri.ohio.gov.