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Old Mar 27th 2013, 11:45 AM   #1
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Cervid: Western Canadian white-tailed deer
VETERINARIANS WHO perform cervid work: BOAH staff is in the process of updating our USAHERDS database. Please contact our office to verify your profile is up-to-date and includes a notation that you practice on cervids. This will ensure you receive important species-specific information. Also, let us know if you do cervid TB work by calling Paula Livers at 317/544-2395.

USDA-APHIS-Veterinary Services approved two new tests for the federal TB program for farmed cervids. The Stat-Pak as a primary test and the Dual-Path Platform (DPP) as a secondary test are approved for elk, red deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer and reindeer. Packets of information detailing the tests, along with other helpful handouts, were mailed to all veterinarians in the BOAH database who work with cervids. Those who did not receive a packet, but should have, need to contact the BOAH office.

ALL SAMPLES from the hunter harvest chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance project, a cooperative collection program conducted with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to test deer for CWD, for 2012 returned negative. A total of 1,051 samples were tested for the disease. This was the tenth year testing has taken place, and after collecting more than 15,800 sample not one has tested positive.

BOAH IS continuing to collect comments on the proposed cervid movement rule to bring Indiana in to compliance with federal requirements. Comments can be sent to the BOAH office via U.S. mail or e-mail. A copy of the proposed rule can be found on the BOAH website at BOAH has already received a "provisional approval" from USDA, which means we have temporarily met the new federal requirements to allow animals to move interstate.

THREE WILD Pennsylvania deer were confirmed positive for CWD after testing conducted during this past hunting season. These positives are in addition to the farmed herds diagnosed in October 2012. Pennsylvania has chosen to increase testing of free-range and road-killed deer in the area where the positives were found. As always, Indiana will not allow imports of cervids from the state until they have been CWD-free for five consecutive years.
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