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From: TSS ()
Subject: 2ND CONFIRMED POSITIVE CWD IN WILD DEER NEW YORK
Date: May 4, 2005 at 2:53 pm PST

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Subject: 2ND CONFIRMED POSITIVE CWD IN WILD DEER NEW YORK
Date: Wed, 04 May 2005 17:02:18 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: BSE-L
CC: bcook@phillynews.com


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News from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

For more information contact: Michael Fraser (518) 402-8000 #05-48

DEC ANNOUNCES SAMPLING RESULTS FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE

ALBANY, NY -- (05/04/2005; 1700)(EIS) -- The New York State Department
of Environmental Conservation today announced that it has received the
remainder of test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) that were
part of intensive sampling efforts in central New York. DEC has received
two positive results for the disease out of 292 wild deer sampled.

The first positive result in a wild deer was announced on April 27, 2005
and came from a yearling white-tailed deer sampled from the Town of
Verona, Oneida County. The second positive result is from a 3-year-old
doe, located within a mile of the location where the initial positive
result was detected. The sample tissues were tested at the State's
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University. These are the
first known occurrences of CWD in wild deer in New York State.

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.

DEC, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services
program, completed intensive monitoring on April 30, 2005. The effort
resulted in 290 samples of wild deer from Oneida County, two from
neighboring Madison County, and 25 wild 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.

DEC and DAM will continue public outreach to interested parties in
central New York to help educate citizens on CWD and to discuss next
steps to be taken. The agencies will hold a public meeting on Thursday,
May 12, 2005, at 7 p.m. in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School
Auditorium, located on State Highway 31 in the Town of Verona. In
addition, DEC and DAM will conduct additional outreach and continue to
aggressively pursue inspection and enforcement 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.

Statewide sampling for CWD - which has resulted in more than 1,000 tests
each year - will be increased to closely monitor the distribution and
prevalence of CWD in wild deer. In addition, DEC has implemented
emergency regulations regarding the handling, transport and management
of deer in the State. The emergency regulations are currently in effect
and represent an aggressive response to the recent discovery of chronic
wasting disease (CWD) in Oneida County.

DEC's emergency regulations are designed to ensure the proper handling
of deer and prevent further spread of CWD in the wild herd. The
emergency regulations are effective for 90 days. In addition, DEC will
begin the process of developing permanent regulations, which will appear
in the State Register and include a 45-day public comment period.

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 DEC's website at
http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/deer/currentcwd.html .

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http://www.eisinc.com/release/storiesh/NYSDEC.540.html

TSS





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