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From: TSS (216-119-132-46.ipset12.wt.net)
Subject: ALASKA State veterinarian announces immediate import restrictions to prevent Chronic Wasting Disease
Date: October 28, 2004 at 9:08 am PST

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Subject: ALASKA State veterinarian announces immediate import restrictions to prevent Chronic Wasting Disease
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 11:08:31 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
Reply-To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
To: BSE-L@UNI-KARLSRUHE.DE


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DEC N E W S
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
410 Willoughby Ave., Juneau, AK 99801-1795
Phone: (907) 465-5009 Fax: (907) 465-5070
www.state.ak.us/dec/
Contact: Dr. Bob Gerlach, State Veterinarian, (907) 745-3236
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State veterinarian announces immediate import restrictions to prevent
Chronic Wasting Disease
October 27, 2004--The state veterinarian is banning the importation of
whole carcasses
and certain carcass parts (including heads, any portion of the spinal
column) from
cervidae (including mule deer, white-tailed deer, black-tailed deer,
oxen, and elk), and
other species that may become susceptible to CWD. The move is being
taken to prevent
the transmission of the disease into Alaska and to protect the
agricultural and wildlife
resources of the state.
A moratorium on the importation of live cervids into Alaska has been in
place since
April of 2003 to prevent the introduction of infected animals into the
state, said State
Veterinarian Bob Gerlach of the Department of Environmental
Conservations division of
environmental health. Many big game hunters harvest animals and
transport the edible
meat and certain parts of the carcasses as trophies back to their home
state. Recent
scientific studies have shown that carcasses of infected cervids are
also capable of
spreading the disease.
Allowable importation of carcass parts from such species is restricted to:
De-boned meat (cut and wrapped commercially or privately)
Quarters or other meat portions with no portion of the spinal column
(including dorsal
root ganglion) or head attached
Processed meat (cut and wrapped commercially or privately)
Hides with no head attached
Clean and disinfected skull plates
Antlers with no meat or tissue attached
Clean and disinfected whole skull (European mount)-no meat or nervous
tissue (brain,
cranial nerves) attached
Teeth (Upper canine teeth-buglers, whistlers or ivories)
Taxidermy mounts or trophies

http://www.state.ak.us/dec/press_releases/2004/veterinarian_import_restrictions.pdf

TSS

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