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Old Feb 21st 2013, 08:55 AM   #1
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

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Game and Fish Begins Study to Evaluate Chronic Wasting Disease Vaccine

Game and Fish Begins Study to Evaluate Chronic Wasting Disease Vaccine









2/19/2013









CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has begun a multi-year study at its Thorne-Williams Wildlife Research Unit (formerly Sybille) near Wheatland to evaluate the efficacy of a vaccine against chronic wasting disease.









Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease of elk, deer, and moose. The disease appears to be invariably fatal to the animal, but it is not thought to affect humans.









The vaccine was developed in Canada by the Pan-Provincial Vaccine Enterprise (PREVENT), a partnership of three leading infectious disease centers. PREVENT works closely with academia, industry, government, and not-for-profit sectors to accelerate vaccine development so that promising vaccines can move readily into clinical development and production.









In January, researchers trapped 50 elk calves at Game and Fish’s South Park feedground (south of Jackson) and transported them to the research unit. There, calves were split into two groups. One group was vaccinated and one was an unvaccinated control group. “Previous research has demonstrated that elk will naturally contract chronic wasting disease by being housed at the unit,” said Game and Fish Chief Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Terry Kreeger. “We predict that the vaccinated group will live longer than the control group. It’s important to understand that even if the vaccine does not provide lifelong protection from chronic wasting disease, every extra year of survival the vaccine provides will mean increased production in an affected population.”









The vaccine is administered by hand at the research unit, which would not be practical for vaccinating wild elk. However, if the vaccine is found to be effective, future research will focus on delivery methods more appropriate for wild elk, such as baits. At a minimum, an effective vaccine administered to elk raised on private ranches could greatly reduce the spread of the disease. Chronic wasting disease is thought to have been primarily spread throughout parts of the United States and Canada by the unintentional movement of infected deer and elk among private game ranches.









“We figured that research over time would start providing wildlife managers with tools that could be used to combat this disease,” said Kreeger. “This is just the start of a long journey to evaluate and perfect these tools.”









A parallel vaccine study is being conducted on deer in Colorado.



How would this help our industry?
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Old Feb 21st 2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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  Indiana

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If the vaccine is effective then will the USDA allow it to be used in the US? thats the big question. It is extremely difficult to get medical products legally from Canada. The USDA can approve it but you have to apply for a permit to do so.



Companies can get conditional licensure on vaccine if they show effectiveness in a short period of time if it does not harm the animal. But they have to continue the process to get fully licensed. As with the equine EPM vaccine.It was available for 3-4 years and then the maker did not pursue licensure and took it off the market.



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Old Feb 21st 2013, 05:11 PM   #3
 
  May 2012
  United states, land of the free
Surely looks promising.....NOT...lol....I only hope it is more than talk.
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Old Feb 21st 2013, 05:12 PM   #4
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Very, very interesting. Thanks for the post!
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Old Feb 21st 2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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Surely looks promising.....NOT...lol....I only hope it is more than talk.


Man you are right full of positives huh? Any news is good news when it comes to putting a halt or atleast slowing down Cwd!
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Old Feb 21st 2013, 07:44 PM   #6
 
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
I agree....thanks for the post Mike...this would be awesome news for our Industry if it is a success!! It is encouraging to know that there is research being done for a vaccine.......good stuff!.
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Old Feb 21st 2013, 08:07 PM   #7
 
  May 2012
  United states, land of the free
Sorry Mike did not mean to be negative but here is the best explanation I have seen regarding the concept....I hope the author is not offended by posting it.......it really explains the flaw with it.



NOPE, NO cigar here.* The idea is interesting but me thinks the concept is flawed and they just were trying to raise money.



A vaccine is designed to rid the body of an infectious agent before it takes hold .....Soooo what is the agent they are trying to get rid of?* How can the body react to the seemingly NON-biological debris that is the signature of CWD?* You cant kill it, you cant dissolve it away ....you cant even get it out from the body ..... so how can a vaccine work under those conditions.* IT ! cant.



Soooo, find the real agent of CWD and then you can develop a vaccine .... so who is looking for the agent????* haaaaa that is the problem.





A.......
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 04:05 PM   #8
 
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Rooster, you are quit the negative fellow.



Any research being done on CWD is a positive thing. If this "vaccine" does have a possitive impact on the elk they are testing, that is a positive move for this industry.



I see no plee for money in the press release writen above.



although if I were asked to support this type of research, I am sure I would.



fred huebner.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 05:12 PM   #9
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Rooster, you are quit the negative fellow.



Any research being done on CWD is a positive thing. If this "vaccine" does have a possitive impact on the elk they are testing, that is a positive move for this industry.



I see no plee for money in the press release writen above.



although if I were asked to support this type of research, I am sure I would.



fred huebner.


Im sure you would fred. Seems you open up well when someone asks for support! Positive!!!!
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 05:24 PM   #10
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Really glad to see this!!! Hopefully this will end with positive results, but I'm sure we are years away from that, but at least it's a start!!
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 05:32 PM   #11
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I agree it s a start that could be a BIG step towards help were we cold really us it.
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Old Feb 23rd 2013, 10:07 PM   #12
 
  May 2012
  United states, land of the free
I guess I would be more positive if it made scientific sense to me nor did I like the blame for cwd spread being put on "private game ranchers". Hey I guess each there own!!! Hope thats not to negative! I would love to find that silver bullet.
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Old Feb 24th 2013, 06:51 AM   #13
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Nothing ventured nothing gained!
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Old Feb 24th 2013, 08:52 AM   #14
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I guess I would be more positive if it made scientific sense to me nor did I like the blame for cwd spread being put on "private game ranchers". Hey I guess each there own!!! Hope thats not to negative! I would love to find that silver bullet.


That is exactly why this research is important. If we find a solution they arent going to have much to say are they. I've been told numerous times, even from Mr. Bates here in WI that they are 100% sure that CWD entered WI from the purchase and release of buck from a Canadian farm. He told me that they never had enough proof to charge anyone, (with my blood boiling) i simply asked him if he knew what a +200in plus buck would have cost back in the late 1990's and its actual probability of spreading genetics. He recanted nearly everything he said prior to this, really showing the class i was in that they knew nothing. I guess what i am getting at is this not going to be a battle to just disappear and that any oppurtunity we have to try and find a solution needs to be explored!
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Old Feb 24th 2013, 04:36 PM   #15
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Prior to CWD being found in WI the only place anyone had found it was in Colorado and Wyoming. Neither state has deer farms and I have never heard of anyone bringing in deer from those states to a deer farm. Most deer imported to WI come from midwest states or places like PA. Has anyone ever heard of a deer from Colorado or Wyoming?? Of course not. So the theory that anyone brought it in from those states, the only states it was known to exist previously, is pretty lame.
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