Chronic Wasting Disease

Fact Sheet 2007-3070
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Abstract

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is an always-fatal, neurological illness occurring in North American cervids (members of the deer family), including white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. Since its discovery in 1967, CWD has spread geographically and increased in prevalence locally. CWD is contagious; it can be transmitted freely within and among free-ranging populations. It is likely that diseased animals can transmit CWD to healthy animals long before they become clinically ill. Managing CWD in free-ranging populations is extremely difficult, therefore preventative measures designed to reduce the chance for disease spread are critically important.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Chronic Wasting Disease
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2007-3070
DOI 10.3133/fs20073070
Year Published 2007
Language ENGLISH
Publisher Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 2 p.
First page 1
Last page 2