No CWD Found In Ontario Deer Pilot Test

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A pilot surveillance project has found no evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer, Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette announced today.

During the November hunt in the Owen Sound area, 151 deer were sampled and tested at the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph. None of the deer tested showed any evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease -- a fatal disease of the nervous system of deer and elk.

"Our government is committed to protecting Ontario's wildlife now and for future generations," said Ouellette. "While I'm very pleased that no signs of the disease have been found from our samples, we will remain vigilant."

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care are working with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre to monitor developments on Chronic Wasting Disease in wild populations.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food also continues to work with industry and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to reduce the risk of Chronic Wasting Disease in Ontario by conducting disease surveillance in farmed deer and elk.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in several U.S. states, as well as in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Canada have said there is no scientific evidence that CWD can infect humans. However, WHO also advised that people and animals not eat any part of a deer or elk that shows symptoms of being infected with CWD.