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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 8, 2008

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-2003 ext. 365
[email protected]

Contact: Paul Johansen, Wildlife Resources Section

(304) 558-2771 [email protected]

Eleven Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease During Spring
Collections in Hampshire County, West Virginia

Test results have detected the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) agent in a
total of 11 white-tailed deer collected during the 2008 spring collections
in Hampshire County, West Virginia, according to the West Virginia Division
of Natural Resources (DNR). All of the deer testing positive for CWD were
collected by Wildlife Resources Section personnel working in the
Slanesville/Augusta area of the county. No new positive samples were
detected in the Yellow Springs area of Hampshire County.

These collections have been designed to investigate and determine the
prevalence and distribution of the disease in Hampshire County. In addition,
wildlife biologists are carefully monitoring changes in the structure of the
deer herd within the CWD containment area.

The first case of CWD in West Virginia was confirmed on September 2, 2005.
Since that time, DNR has been fully engaged in activities guided by its CWD
Incident Response Plan which is designed to accomplish the following

· Determine the distribution and prevalence of CWD through enhanced
surveillance efforts.

· Communicate and coordinate with the public and other appropriate
agencies on issues relating to CWD and the steps being taken to respond to
this disease.

· Initiate appropriate management actions necessary to control the
spread of this disease and prevent further introduction of the disease.

To date, CWD surveillance efforts conducted by DNR have resulted in a total
of 31 deer being confirmed positive for CWD in Hampshire County. These
include 30 deer in the Slanesville/Augusta area and one deer in the Yellow
Springs area. Despite ongoing and extensive surveillance efforts being
conducted by Wildlife Resouces Section personnel throughout West Virginia,
CWD has not been detected outside of Hampshire County.

CWD is a neurological disease found in deer and elk, and it belongs to a
family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The
disease is thought to be caused by abnormal, proteinaceous particles called
prions that slowly attack the brain of infected deer and elk, causing the
animals to progressively become emaciated, display abnormal behavior and
invariably results in the death of the infected animal.

There is no known treatment for CWD, and it is fatal for the infected deer
or elk. It is important to note that currently there is no evidence to
suggest CWD poses a risk for humans or domestic animals.

“Landowner and hunter cooperation throughout this entire CWD surveillance
effort in Hampshire County has been excellent,” noted DNR Director Frank
Jezioro. “As we strive to meet this wildlife disease challenge and
implement appropriate management strategies, the continued support and
involvement of landowners and hunters will be essential.” DNR remains
committed to keeping the public informed and involved in these wildlife
disease management actions. “We would especially like to thank all the
cooperating landowners in Hampshire County for allowing our personnel to
enter their property and collect deer for CWD testing,” said Jezioro.

“Our well trained and professional wildlife biologists, wildlife managers
and conservation officers are working diligently to fully implement the DNR’
s CWD Incident Response Plan, which is designed to effectively address this
wildlife disease threat,” said Jezioro. “Hunters, landowners and other
members of the public should feel confident that we have some of the best
wildlife biologists and veterinarians in the world, including those
stationed at the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens,
Georgia, working collaboratively on this situation.”



Thursday, April 03, 2008 A prion disease of cervids: Chronic wasting disease

1: Vet Res. 2008 Apr 3;39(4):41

Thursday, May 08, 2008
Eleven Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease During Spring
Collections in Hampshire County, West Virginia

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

Atypical forms of BSE have emerged which, although rare, appear to be more
virulent than the classical BSE that causes vCJD.

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