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Wyoming testing chronic wasting disease vaccine

Posted on February 25, 2013

Jackson, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is testing how well a vaccine for chronic wasting disease will work in elk.

The vaccine being tested was developed by three Canadian infectious disease centers.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports (http://bit.ly/XvmXYd ) the vaccine is being tested on 25 elk calves transported from Game and Fish's South Park feedground to the Thorne-Williams Wildlife Research Unit in Wheatland. State wildlife veterinarian Terry Kreeger says 25 more elk calves taken from the feedground will be left at the facility unvaccinated as a control group.

Kreeger says the hope is that the vaccinated elk will live longer.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease found in elk and deer.

It could take years to determine whether the vaccine is effective.