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From: TSS ()
Date: April 28, 2005 at 7:05 am PST

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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 09:13:20 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

Department of Agriculture & Markets News
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Contact: Jessica A. Chittenden
Preliminary Positive Result Found During DEC Monitoring Efforts

DEC Contact: Michael Fraser

(518) 402-8000

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today
announced it has received a preliminary positive result for chronic
wasting disease (CWD) in a wild deer sampled in Oneida County. If
confirmed, this will be the first known occurrence of CWD in the wild in
New York State.

The positive sample was from a yearling white-tailed deer, and was
tested as part of DECs intensive monitoring effort in Oneida County.
The sample tissue was tested at the States Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory at Cornell University. The sample will be sent to the
National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa to be verified.

DEC 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. On April 8, 2005, 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.

To date, DEC, along with the U.S. Department of Agricultures Wildlife
Services program, has sampled 213 deer from Oneida County, and 25 deer
from the Town of Arietta, Hamilton County. Since 2002, DEC has conducted
statewide sampling of wild deer for CWD. When combined with sampling
efforts in Oneida and Hamilton Counties, DEC has collected more than
3,700 samples from wild white-tailed deer.

In response to the latest finding, DEC and DAM will continue public
outreach to interested parties in Oneida County to help educate citizens
on CWD and to discuss next steps to be taken. In addition, DEC and DAM
will conduct additional outreach and continue to aggressively pursue
inspection and enforcement at all captive deer herds across the State.

DAM continues to investigate, sample and test white-tailed deer from two
captive herds directly associated with the two herds that were confirmed
positive for CWD in Oneida County. Results for these sampling efforts
will be announced when available. DAM also continues to review its
regulations regarding the movement, surveillance and monitoring of live
cervids in New York State.

Later this week, DEC will file emergency regulations to ensure the
proper handling of deer and prevent further spread of CWD in the wild
herd. The emergency regulations will establish a containment area in
Oneida County, where CWD has been identified and where certain
requirement will be established on movement and handling of deer. The
containment area will initially include the cities of Rome, Sherrill,
Utica and Oneida, as well as the towns of Floyd, Marcy, Whitestown,
Westmoreland, Verona, Vernon, Kirkland and New Hartford. Within the
containment area, DECs emergency regulations will:

* prohibit the movement of certain animal parts out of the
containment area;
* establish mandatory check stations for any deer taken by hunters
in the containment area;
* prohibit possession of any deer killed by a motor vehicle so DEC
can acquire specimens for testing; and,
* prohibit the collection, sale, possession or transport of deer or
elk urine taken from the containment area.

In addition to the requirements listed for the containment area, DECs
emergency regulations will include provisions to be followed by
individuals and facilities across the State. The emergency regulations
will also:

* specify record keeping and reporting requirements for taxidermists
and require measures to prevent live cervids from coming in
contact with any materials, including taxidermy materials, that
may contain the infectious agent that causes CWD;
* prohibit wildlife rehabilitators to take in wild white-tailed deer
at facilities that house live cervids, unless they possess a
specific permit from DEC;
* require retailers who sell deer feed to post a sign provided by
DEC to advise buyers of the State prohibition on feeding wild
deer; regulations will also prohibit the sale of deer feed that is
packaged or labeled for wild white-tailed deer.

DEC will continue intensive sampling of wild deer in Oneida County
through April 30, 2005. Additionally, DEC will sample all deer killed
within the containment area pursuant to nuisance deer permits and by
hunters for CWD testing. DEC will use the results of all these efforts
to describe the distribution and prevalence of CWD in wild deer as
accurately as possible.

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 DECs website at



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