Federal laboratory confirms CWD diagnosis in MN deer
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received
confirmation from a national laboratory on Jan. 25 verifying that
the sample from a southeastern Minnesota white-tailed deer tested
positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).
The finding by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory at
Ames, Iowa, had been expected and confirms a preliminary diagnosis
by the University of Minnesota.
The DNR announced on Jan. 21 that a deer harvested by an archer
in November 2010 near Pine Island likely would test positive for
CWD, a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose but not
cattle or humans.
The DNR is implementing its CWD response plan, the first step of
which involves an aerial survey of deer numbers in the Pine Island
area. During the next two weeks, DNR will be working with
landowners, collecting additional information and will share its
plans and findings at a public meeting in February.
Additional information about the disease and the DNR’s plan to
manage it is available online at mndnr.gov/cwd.