By: Bob Meyer
Iowa has confirmed its first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a deer. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the deer was harvested in December in Allamakee County which is right across the river from Crawford County, Wisconsin. Wisconsin has had CWD since 2002 with the greatest concentration of infections in the southwestern part of the state. In fact, all of Iowa’s neighboring states have the disease.
Iowa has been testing for CWD for more than a decade and they are working to find more information about the deer to help in the creation of a response plan.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) of cervids. Scrape of domestic sheep and goats, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) of cattle, and transmissible mink encephalopathy of farmed mink are TSEs of domestic animals. CWD has been found in deer in 19 states from New York to Montana and south to Oklahoma. It has also been found in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
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