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Old May 28th 2012, 10:22 AM   #1
  Jul 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 25, 2012

Contact: Malissa Fritz, BAH Communications Director, 651-201-6830

Chronic Wasting Disease found in a farmed red deer from Ramsey County

Mandatory surveillance program leads to detection of the disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that a farmed red deer

from a Ramsey County herd tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

The brain stem from a two-year-old female red deer was submitted for testing at the University of Minnesota

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where preliminary results were positive for CWD. The National Veterinary

Services Laboratory today confirmed the positive test. The Board of Animal Health has placed the herd under

quarantine and is working with the owners to determine the herd’s future.

The red deer died on the farm on May 10. The animal was tested for the disease as part of Minnesota’s

mandatory CWD surveillance program, which has been in place since 2003. Farmed cervidae producers in

Minnesota must CWD test all deer and elk over 16 months of age that die or are slaughtered.

This herd has been registered with the Board of Animal Health since 2000. “This herd is an example of farmers

who take great care in the management of their animals,” said Dr. Paul Anderson, assistant director of the Board

of Animal Health. “In their 12 years of herd registration with the Board, this producer has met all of the


The Board of Animal Health is coordinating with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The

DNR is currently evaluating the situation and will likely test wild white-tailed deer in the area this fall.

CWD is a fatal brain and nervous system disease found in cervidae in certain parts of North America. The

disease is caused by an abnormally shaped protein called a prion, which can damage brain and nerve tissue.

Infected animals may show signs of the disease including progressive loss of body weight, behavioral changes,

staggering, increased water consumption and drooling. In later stages of the disease, animals become emaciated

(thus “wasting” disease).

According to state health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no

evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans.

For more information on CWD and the Board of Animal Health, visit
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Old May 28th 2012, 10:35 AM   #2
  Nov 2010
  Frankfort MI
do you think its a good idea to put this on the internet?
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Old May 28th 2012, 10:45 AM   #3
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  Apr 2009
  Vaughn, MT 59487

Cervid: mule deer,whitetail,elk,goats,bighorn & stone sheep & Alaskan dahl sheep
This is the game we play of Russian roulette with CWD monitoring. We have everything to lose and nothing to gain by being in this program. How did a herd with 12 years testing get this disease? Was this just spontaneous or did it come from out of his fence from untested wild ones? Critics always say we are going to spread disease through our fence line but it does work both ways with State untested wild animals. If this was spontaneous we are all in trouble because it will happen to another one of us. Sure is funny a disease that has been identified in the wild almost fifty years ago has become the deer and elk industrys fault. Funny how the DNR got CWD turned into a industry problem when in fact it was their problem in the first place.
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Old May 28th 2012, 11:16 AM   #4
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  Oct 2009
  upstate ny

Cervid: Whitetail Deer
Originally Posted by dearjohn
do you think its a good idea to put this on the internet?

It already is all over the internet. Go take a look at QDMA'S website. They eat this stuff up and try to pass this on to the deer farmer as our fault. I believe this case is going to be good for us for a change and show that cwd was brought into a fenced herd from the wild. This group of animals have been in the program for a long time. With no new animals brought in and the amount of time it would take cwd to kill an animal will show it was brought in from the wild. Would'nt that be a switch!!!
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