Campaigners call for action to fight chronic wasting disease among deer
Campaigners have called for immediate action to fight the chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and preventing it from spreading further.
Medical experts validated cased of chronic wasting diseasein Texas captive deer. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) have said that they are conducting an epidemiological investigation into two new cases of the disease.
One of those affected includes a captive raised white-tailed doe that was born and raised on-site and died on-site of natural causes at a deer breeding facility in Medina County, where the disease was not previously detected. Test samples were filed as required by the with TAHC herd plan requirements.
Another case involved a two and half year old captive white-tailed buck in the Uvalde-Medina County deer breeding facility that was the source of a CWD positive white-tailed buck taken by a hunter from a release site in the same area. With the two confirmed cases, the total number of cases has increased to 10 cases involving white-tailed deer from deer breeding facilitiesin the state since the original detection in June 2015.
Experts were able to detect presence of CWD prions during testing at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station. The samples were sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa the confirmed the cases on Friday.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization has recommended against consuming meat from infected animals.