ITHACA, NY—Chronic wasting disease (CWD) may soon reach local deer populations, according to a warning from at least one staff member from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
The Department of Agriculture states that this disease which is dangerous for animals such as deer Reindeer, elk, etc. are found in deer in northwestern Pennsylvania. near the border between New York and Pennsylvania. According to the Department of Agriculture According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans. But there is at least some suspicion that people could theoretically become infected and, either way, should be “keeping it from entering the human food chain.”
“When introduced into a field or farm, CWD proteins are contagious within the deer and elk populations and can spread rapidly,”; said a CWD memo from the CDC. The disease is most common in the Midwestern United States. But it is found more in central Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.
“Chronic putrefactive diseases are plunging more and more state wildlife and agricultural agencies without a sustainable solution,” said Krysten Schuler, a wildlife disease ecologist at the NYS Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The school touted her as one of the leading researchers on CWD, “New York State is the only state to eradicate CWD after it was detected in the wild in 2005, and has taken precautionary mitigation measures to prevent it. disease in recent years This includes prohibiting the importation of live and intact deer, deer carcasses.”
Despite those efforts Considering the latest case and its proximity to New York Schuler said there would be a need for further investigations and investigations.
“This latest discovery will require additional surveillance on both sides of the border to determine whether the disease penetrates the fence and is present in white-tailed deer,” she continued. Respond to wildlife agency and know CWD regulations. CWD is internationally fatal for infected deer. It is therefore important that people do not spread the disease further through our activities.”