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From: TSS ()
Subject: Second Associated Captive Deer Herd Shows No Signs of CWD NY
Date: May 13, 2005 at 7:09 pm PST

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Subject: Second Associated Captive Deer Herd Shows No Signs of CWD NY
Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 21:19:20 -0500
From: "Terry S. Singeltary Sr."
To: BSE-L


Department of Agriculture & Markets News
Friday, May 13, 2005
Contact: Jessica A. Chittenden
518-457-3136
jessica.chittenden@agmkt.state.ny.us
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MORE NEGATIVES FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN CAPTIVE HERDS
Second Associated Captive Deer Herd Shows No Signs of CWD

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today
announced it has received more negative test results for chronic wasting
disease (CWD) in three captive deer sampled at a herd associated with
the deer herds confirmed with CWD in Oneida County.

In follow up to the investigation of the first cases of CWD in New York
State, DAM has obtained surveillance samples from two herds that had a
direct association with the CWD infected herd detected through routine
surveillance in late March.

The latest herd sampled was a herd that had received animals from the
initial infected herd in 1997. DAM sampled three white-tailed does, all
three years of age or older. These three does were selected because they
would provide the best indication of the CWD status of the herd. The
three samples were sent to the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic
Laboratory at Cornell University for testing and were all confirmed
negative for CWD. These samples augment 16 previous samples tested for
CWD since 2002 from this farm that were all negative.

This completes the enhanced surveillance testing of all extant captive
herds that received deer from either of the known infected herds. DAM's
ongoing statewide CWD surveillance will continue for all captive
susceptible deer herds. It was this surveillance program that detected
the initial CWD infection, the first known infection in the State.

To date, the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), along
with the U.S. Department of Agricultures Wildlife Services program, has
sampled 290 wild white-tailed deer from Oneida County, two from
neighboring Madison County and 25 from the Town of Arietta, Hamilton
County. DEC has found two positive cases of CWD in the wild deer
population in Oneida County. Since 2002, DEC has conducted statewide
sampling of wild deer for CWD. When combined with sampling efforts in
Oneida, Madison and Hamilton Counties, DEC has collected more than 3,700
samples from wild white-tailed deer. DEC completed its intensive
monitoring of wild deer in the Oneida County area on April 30, 2005.

DEC will continue to sample all deer killed within the containment area
pursuant to nuisance deer permits, road kills and those taken by
hunters. The containment area will be comprised of Oneida County
municipalities, including the cities of Rome, Sherrill, and Utica, as
well as the towns of Augusta, Floyd, Marcy, Trenton, Whitestown, Verona,
Westmoreland, Vernon, Kirkland, New Hartford, Vienna, Annsville, Lee,
and Western. In addition, the Madison County towns of Stockbridge and
Lenox and City of Oneida will also be included. DEC will use the results
of all these efforts to determine the distribution and prevalence of CWD
in wild deer as accurately as possible.

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. In
addition, DEC has begun the process of establishing 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 DAM's website at
www.agmkt.state.ny.us.

http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/AD/release.asp?ReleaseID=1442

TSS






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