No Chronic Wasting Disease Found in New Hampshire Deer

Posted by admin On April - 22 - 2010

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game studies, hunters can relax with the knowledge that the state’s deer population appears to remain free from chronic wasting disease.

The results, based on monitoring data that was obtained throughout the 2009 white tailed deer hunting season, indicated that all tissue samples taken and tested were negative for the disease. According to Fish and Game deer biologists, a total of 439 tissue samples were tested by a federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

To obtain the samples during the 2009 season, Fish and Game officials collected heads from deer harvested by hunters across the state. The tissues from those deer were tested for chronic wasting disease, which is a neurological disorder that is fatal to white tails, mule deer, elk and moose.

It was first found in the United States in 1978 in the Midwest states. It has spread since then, and has been found as far east as upstate New York. Since 2002, 3,164 deer have been tested from New Hampshire.

No evidence has ever been found that chronic wasting disease is transmittable to humans, according to the World Health Organization.

Hunters who do choose to take deer in states that have had chronic wasting disease confirmed to exist can only bring back deboned meat, antlers, upper canine teeth and hides or capes. No part of the head is allowed to be transported back to an area with no chronic wasting disease.

For more information, visit the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department website at http://www.wildnh.com/Wildlife/CWD_QandA.htm.

Additional information on the disease can be found via the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance at http://www.cwd-info.org/.

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