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From: TSS ()
Subject: CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE UPDATE NEW YORK Herds Depopulated, Public Meeting Scheduled for Friday
Date: April 6, 2005 at 1:52 pm PST

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Subject: CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE UPDATE NEW YORK Herds Depopulated, Public Meeting Scheduled for Friday
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 15:59:50 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


News from The NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets & The NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation

For more information: Jessica Chittenden, Ag & Mkts, 518-457-3136;
Michael Fraser, DEC, 518-402-8000

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE UPDATE

Herds Depopulated, Public Meeting Scheduled for Friday

ALBANY, NY -- (04/05/2005; 1730)(EIS) -- The two white-tailed deer herds
confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) last week in Oneida
County were depopulated today. The New York State Department of
Agriculture and Markets (DAM) had ordered the depopulation and
subsequent testing for CWD in an effort to control the possible spread
of the disease in New York State.

The investigation as to the source of the disease is ongoing. DAM is
releasing the names of the infected herds in hopes that anyone who has
received or sent live animals, venison or associated materials to or
from either of these facilities will contact DAM's Division of Animal
Industry at 518-457-3502.

The first confirmed case of CWD was found at a captive herd, owned by
John Palmer in the Town of Westmoreland. The second confirmed case of
CWD was found at a captive herd, owned by Martin Proper, also in
Westmoreland.

The New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell
University will conduct the CWD tests on the depopulated deer from both
herds. Test results are expected back within two weeks.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) plans
to conduct intensive monitoring of the wild deer population surrounding
both herds to determine if CWD has spread to wild deer. DEC will begin
sampling the surrounding wild deer population next week to determine CWD
status. Input and assistance from the public and local landowners will
be essential in DEC's sampling efforts.

DEC and DAM will hold a public meeting on Friday, April 8, 2005, at 7
p.m. at the Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension office, located
at 121 Second Street in Oriskany to inform the public of efforts being
made in Oneida County in response to CWD. Representatives from DEC and
DAM will present information on the discovery of CWD, provide details on
the State's response, and be available to answer questions from those in
attendance. Directions to the meeting are attached.

CWD is a transmissible disease that affects the brain and central
nervous system of certain deer and elk. There is no evidence that CWD is
linked to disease in humans or domestic livestock other than deer and elk.

More information on CWD can be found at the State Department of
Agriculture and Markets' website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us, at the State
Department of Environmental Conservation's website at
www.dec.state.ny.us or the State Department of Health's website at
www.health.state.ny.us.

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Directions to Oneida County Cornell Cooperative Extension

>From the NYS Thruway:

Take Exit 32 (Westmoreland) and turn left onto Cider Street. Turn left
onto Judd Road. Drive approximately two-thirds of a mile and take a left
onto Second Street. The office is on the left, with a sign posted
"Oneida County Farm and Home Center."

>From Rome: Take Route 233 South to Sutliff Road. Drive past the
Sheriff's Department to a traffic light. Proceed through the
intersection to second building on the right.

>From Utica: Take Oriskany Boulevard to Route 69. Drive through
Whitesboro past Oriskany and turn left onto Airport Road. Drive 1 mile,
and turn left at traffic light. Building is second on the right.

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http://www.eisinc.com/release/storiesh/NYSDAM.097.html

TSS





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