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Old Jul 12th 2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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I had heard that CWD was found in Texas ? Anyone have any info?
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Old Jul 12th 2012, 07:49 PM   #2
  Apr 2009
  Sullivan,MO 63080
Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Far West Texas

AUSTIN — Samples from two mule deer recently taken in far West Texas have been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These are the first cases of CWD detected in Texas deer. Wildlife officials believe the event is currently isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico border.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) implemented regionally-focused deer sample collection efforts after the disease was detected in the Hueco Mountains of New Mexico during the 2011-12 hunting season. With the assistance of cooperating landowners, TPWD, TAHC, and USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services biologists and veterinarians collected samples from 31 mule deer as part of a strategic CWD surveillance plan designed to determine the geographic extent of New Mexico’s findings. Both infected deer were taken from the Hueco Mountains of northern El Paso and Hudspeth counties.

CWD is a member of the group of diseases called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). Other diseases in this group include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or mad cow disease) in cattle, and Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. CWD among cervids is a progressive, fatal disease that commonly results in altered behavior as a result of microscopic changes made to the brain of affected animals. An animal may carry the disease for years without outward indication, but in the latter stages, signs may include listlessness, lowering of the head, weight loss, repetitive walking in set patterns, and a lack of responsiveness. CWD is not known to affect humans.

Tissue samples were initially tested by the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, with confirmation by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

“Now that we have detected CWD in Texas, our primary objective is to contain this disease,” said Carter Smith, TPWD Executive Director. “Working collaboratively with experts in the field we have developed protocols to address CWD and implementation is already under way.”

There is no vaccine or cure for CWD, but steps have been taken to minimize the risk of the disease spreading from beyond the area where it currently exists. For example, human-induced movements of wild or captive deer, elk, or other susceptible species will be restricted and mandatory hunter check stations will be established.

“This is obviously an unfortunate and rather significant development,” said TPW Commission Chairman, T. Dan Friedkin. “We take the presence of this disease very seriously and have a plan of action to deal with it. The Department will do whatever is prudent and reasonable to protect the state’s deer resources and our hunting heritage.”

Although wildlife officials cannot say how long the disease has been present in Texas or if it occurs in other areas of the state, they have had an active CWD surveillance program for more than a decade.

“We have tested more than 26,500 wild deer in Texas since 2002, and the captive-deer industry has submitted more than 7,400 CWD test results as well,” said Mitch Lockwood, Big Game Program Director with TPWD. “But that part of West Texas is the toughest place to conduct an adequate CWD surveillance program because so few deer are harvested out there each hunting season. Thanks to the cooperation and active participation of several landowners, we were able to begin getting an idea of the prevalence and geographic distribution of the disease without needing to remove many deer.”

The TAHC regulates cervid species not indigenous to Texas such as elk, red deer, and sika deer. TAHC oversees a voluntary CWD herd monitoring status program with the intent to facilitate trade and marketability for interested cervid producers in Texas. Cervid herds under either TPWD or TAHC authority may participate in the commission’s monitored CWD program. The basis of the program is that enrolled cervid producers must provide an annual herd inventory, and ensure that all mortalities during the previous year were tested for CWD and the disease was not detected.

Wildlife biologists, hunters, and landowners would certainly have preferred for Texas mule deer populations to have not been dealt this challenge, but TPWD and TAHC have developed a CWD Management Plan that includes management practices intended to contain the disease. The management plan includes input from the CWD Task Force, which is comprised of deer and elk producers, wildlife biologists, veterinarians and other animal-health experts from TPWD, Texas Animal Health Commission, Department of State Health Services, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, and USDA.

The disease was first recognized in 1967 in captive mule deer in Colorado. CWD has also been documented in captive and/or free-ranging deer in 19 states and 2 Canadian provinces, including neighboring New Mexico.

“We know that elk in southern New Mexico are also infected with CWD,” said Dr. Dee Ellis, State Veterinarian and TAHC Executive Director. “It will take a cooperative effort between hunters, the cervid industry, and state/federal animal health and wildlife agencies to ensure we keep this disease confined to southern New Mexico and far West Texas. I am confident however that will be able to do that, and thus protect the rest of the Texas cervid industry.”

More information on CWD can be found on TPWD’s website, or at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance website,

More information about the TAHC CWD herd monitoring status program may be found at


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Old Jul 13th 2012, 03:37 AM   #3
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Its been around forever guys and will be found in every state sooner or later. We look for it and we will find it. I wish there was as much hoopla about EHD..The real killer!
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 05:25 AM   #4
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WHAT they taking deer this time of the year?
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 05:56 AM   #5
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Good point Four Seasons! It was just a matter of time before they found it in Texas. They think by closing the borders they can keep it out, but that is really saying deer farmers are responsible for the spread of CWD. All the evidence shows this isn't true or it wouldn't be in states where there are no deer farms.
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 06:55 AM   #6
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  Northwest Illinois
Originally Posted by Four Seasons Whitetails
Its been around forever guys and will be found in every state sooner or later. We look for it and we will find it. I wish there was as much hoopla about EHD..The real killer!

No doubt doubt!!!
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 07:01 AM   #7
  Apr 2009
  Ringle, WI
I've always believed in the idea if you look hard enough and test long enough you'll find what your looking for. I agree they will end up finding CWD in every state and in every county eventually if they look hard and long enough . It's a natual disease thats going to run it's course regardless of what and some blame the deer industry simply because it's their cop out their easy answer to something they don't understand.
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 08:47 AM   #8
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
Well it's ashame but doesn't surprise me as stated's always been around and always will be.......they have not found ot yet here in PA.....but I'm certain it's here........I only hope they do start to realize that EHD is much more threatening to our deer than CWD ever was or ever will be!
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 08:53 AM   #9
  Apr 2009
  Fombell PA
On another Texas might as well open their borders up as it certainly didn't help keep CWD from coming in .......of course it didn't as we all know it is not within the Deer s in the wild and has been forever! look PA has had it's borders open forever and still has no cases only cause it's not been found here yet......I am tired of the CWD games as I know most everyone else is too...its time to move on already and except it for what it is.....a natural disease that no one will probably ever be able to figure out completely........
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 10:38 AM   #10
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Texas is trying to down play it by saying it is in an isolated area of west Texas etc. So I'm sure they won't be opening their borders soon.
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Old Jul 13th 2012, 04:18 PM   #11
  Jul 2012
  Alton, NH
Originally Posted by Whitetail Sanctuary
I had heard that CWD was found in Texas ? Anyone have any info?

In light of the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) epidemic, which has jumped the border from New Mexico into Texas, Texas ought to reevaluate its enthusiasm for land spreading sewage sludge biosolids on farm land, grazing ranges, hay fields and dairy pastures where livestock and deer ingest dirt and sludge with their fodder.

Sewage sludge contains prions from Alzheimer's Disease (AD) victims who shed infectious prions in their urine and feces. ( Meat packers and renderers discharge prion wastes to public sewers. Prions are found in mucous, blood, saliva, urine and feces. There are 6 million AD victims in the US epidemic, with a new case every 68 seconds.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency warms that plants and crops can uptake prions in compost:

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified infectious human and animal prions as emerging pathogenic contaminants of concern in sewage sludge "biosolids".:

Renown prion researcher, Dr. Joel Pedersen, University of Wisconsin, found that prions become 680 times more infective in certain soils:

Dr. Pedersen's research also proved sewage treatment does not inactivate prions: " Our results suggest that if prions were to enter municipal wastewater treatment systems, most of the agent would partition to activated sludge solids, survive mesophilic anaerobic digestion, and be present in treated biosolids. Land application of biosolids containing prions could represent a route for their unintentional introduction into the environment. Our results argue for excluding inputs of prions to municipal wastewater treatment."

Dr. Pedersen and associates stated: "Prions could end up in wastewater treatment plants via slaughterhouse drains, hunted game cleaned in a sink, or humans with vCJD shedding prions in their urine or faeces, "

In the July 3, 2010 issue of VETERINARY RECORD, Dr. Pedersen stated: “Finally, the disposal of sludge was considered to represent the greatest risk of spreading (prion) infectivity to other premises.”

Helane Shields, Alton,NH
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Old Jul 17th 2012, 01:14 PM   #12
  Jul 2012
  Ogdensburg, WI
The American thing for Texas to do now is open up to other Americans so we can trade across its borders again and help one another as we have done in the past. Closing its borders was unamerican in my opinion and now that they are in the same boat as the rest of us, we should learn to play/work together again. I think its time and ostensibly so do the searchers for cwd.
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