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From: TSS ()
Subject: DEC RELEASES RESULTS OF TESTS FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE Oneida County TO DATE Shows No Signs of CWD in Wild Herd
Date: April 22, 2005 at 9:29 am PST

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Subject: DEC RELEASES RESULTS OF TESTS FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE Oneida County to Date Shows No Signs of CWD in Wild Herd
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 11:34:48 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy


Department of Agriculture & Markets News
Thursday, April 21, 2005
Contact: Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agmkt.state.ny.us
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DEC RELEASES RESULTS OF TESTS FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE
Sampling in Oneida County to Date Shows No Signs of CWD in Wild Herd

DEC Contact: Michael Fraser

(518) 402-8000

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today
announced that the initial round of sampling results for chronic wasting
disease (CWD) in Oneida County wild deer has shown no signs of the
disease to date in New York State’s wild deer population.

Sample tissues from 64 wild deer were sent to the New York State
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University to be analyzed
for CWD. None of the 64 samples showed a positive result for CWD.

DEC has implemented intensive monitoring efforts after CWD was found in
two captive white-tailed deer herds in Oneida County – the first
incidents of CWD in New York State. Earlier this month, the State
Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) completed testing of the
captive deer and found a total of five positive results for CWD in the
two captive herds.

In addition to sampling the wild deer population in the immediate area
of the Oneida County farms, DEC has also collected 25 wild deer near a
former captive deer farm in the Town of Arietta, Hamilton County.
Complete results from the Hamilton County samples are expected soon and
will be posted along with regular updates on DEC’s website at
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/deer/currentcwd.html
.

To date, DEC, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife
Services program, has sampled 172 deer in Oneida County. Of that total,
150 were taken by firearm, and 22 were killed in deer-vehicle accidents.
Tissue samples will continue to be sent to the State Veterinary
Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.

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.

DEC encourages any individual who sees a sick or dead deer within the
Oneida County sampling area to notify the Oneida CWD Incident Command
Post at the Rome Fish Hatchery by calling 315-336-4809. DEC staff will
pick up deer in the area for processing at the field laboratory. Highway
departments should continue to relay information to the command post on
road kills they receive. Members of the public should not pick up dead
deer within the sampling area.

DEC has received tremendous cooperation from Oneida County residents who
have allowed personnel onto their property. To date, DEC has been
granted access to approximately 13,000 acres of private land. Landowners
who are interested in assisting in the effort are encouraged to allow
access if there is sufficient area around their properties to allow for
safe shooting areas. Landowners can also call 315-336-4809.

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http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/AD/release.asp?ReleaseID=1430

TSS






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