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From: TSS (216-119-144-17.ipset24.wt.net)
Subject: CWD SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS TEXAS ?
Date: August 16, 2004 at 1:08 pm PST

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: CWD SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS TEXAS ?
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 15:09:58 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


Greetings List members,

as i stated in my previous email;

>
> http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/pr/2004/2004Aug10_Anthrax_Confirmed.pdf
>
>> CWD has not been detected in Texas,
>
>
> SADLY, they have not tested enough from the total population to
> know if CWD is in Texas or not. time will tell though. IF they get
> serious about finding and documenting CWD in sufficient numbers
> here in TEXAS, sadly, i am afraid they will find it. ITs already
> at NM, Texas border, TSEs knows no borders. HOWEVER,
> with the recent finding of a CNS cow with high potential for BSE/TSE
> in TEXAS, with one high official over ruling another official that wanted
> it tested, with the high official winning out and the damn thing going
> to render without being tested, head spinal cord and all. THIS weighs
> heavy on the credibility of any surveillance for any TSE in TEXAS,
> and speaks a great deal for the over all surveillance of TSE in the
> USA...TSS
>

SO, i thought i would just see where these Ecoregions were, and just
how the CWD testing was distributed. YOU would think that with
the cluster of CWD bordering TEXAS at the WPMR in NM, you
would have thought this would be where the major CWD testing
samples were to have been taken? wrong! let's have a look at
the sample testing. here is map of CWD in NM WPMR bordering
TEXAS;

NEW MEXICO 7 POSITIVE CWD
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE MAP

http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/disease/cwd/documents/cwdmap.pdf

NEXT, let's have a look at the overall distribution of CWD in
Free-Ranging Cervids and see where the CWD cluster in NM
WSMR borders TEXAS;

Current Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in Free-Ranging Cervids

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahps/cwd/cwd-distribution.html

NOW, the MAP of the Exoregion where the samples were taken
to test for CWD;

CWD SURVEILLANCE SAMPLE SUBMISSIONS TEXAS

http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/animal_health/diseases/cwd/CWD2003.gif

Ecoregions of TEXAS

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/images/tx-eco95.gif

IF you look at the area around the NM WSMR where the CWD
cluster was and where it borders TEXAS, that ecoregion is called
Trans Pecos region. Seems if my Geography and my Ciphering
is correct ;-) that region only tested 55% of it's goal. THE most
important area on the MAP and they only test some 96 samples,
this in an area that has found some 7 positive animals? NOW if we
look at the only other border where these deer from NM could
cross the border into TEXAS, this area is called the High Plains
ecoregion, and again, we find that the sampling for CWD was
pathetic. HERE we find that only 9% of it's goal of CWD sampling
was met, only 16 samples were tested from some 175 that were
suppose to be sampled.

AS i said before;

> SADLY, they have not tested enough from the total population to
> know if CWD is in Texas or not.


BUT now, I will go one step further and state categorically that
they are not trying to find it. just the opposite it seems, they are
waiting for CWD to find them, as with BSE/TSE in cattle, and
it will eventually...

TSS






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