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From: TSS ()
Subject: DEC TO TEST FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN HAMILTON COUNTY
Date: April 14, 2005 at 2:17 pm PST

Department of Agriculture & Markets News
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Contact: Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agmkt.state.ny.us
DEC TO TEST FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN HAMILTON COUNTY

DEC Contact: Michael Fraser

(518) 402-8000

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced it will sample approximately 20 wild deer in the Town of Arietta, Hamilton County in order to test for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Recently, CWD was found in two captive white-tailed deer herds in Oneida County, marking the first incidents of CWD in New York State. The State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) completed testing for CWD on the two herds in an effort to control the possible spread of the disease in New York State. Five of the 22 deer from the two captive herds tested positive for CWD.

DAM has been investigating other captive deer herds associated with the index herds. One of those herds that supplied deer in the mid-1990s to the index herd in Oneida County was located in the Town of Arietta in Hamilton County. Since the herd no longer exists and the owner of the herd is now deceased, DEC will sample approximately 20 wild deer the area surrounding the former captive herd to determine if there is any reason to believe the former captive herd may have been infected with CWD.

The sample tissues will be sent to the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University to be analyzed for CWD. Results of the analysis will be made available as soon as they are confirmed, which is expected to take approximately seven to 10 days.

In addition to Hamilton County, DEC has initiated intensive monitoring of the wild deer population surrounding both herds in Oneida County to determine if CWD has spread to wild deer. Extending the effort to the specified area in Hamilton County will provide essential information on the health of wild deer and assist DEC and DAM in possibly identifying the source of the disease in New York State.

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 Marketsí website at www.agmkt.state.ny.us, at DECís website at www.dec.state.ny.us or the State Department of Healthís website at www.health.state.ny.us.

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http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/AD/release.asp?ReleaseID=1427

TSS




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