Where is CWD prevalent in Wisconsin?

The vast majority of CWD positives in the wild herd were spread across several counties in southern Wisconsin where positive cases were first discovered near Mount Horeb in 2002. Iowa County had the most cases of the deadly deer disease last year with 416 deer out of 1,486 sampled testing positive for CWD.

Is CWD a problem in Wisconsin?

Disease prevalence is much higher near the centers of each infection and declines with increasing distance from the center as would be expected with this introduced disease which is now endemic in southern Wisconsin. Adult deer have a higher prevalence than yearlings and males have a higher prevalence than females.

How many cases of CWD are in Wisconsin?

There have been more than 400 cases of chronic wasting disease at Wisconsin deer farms and hunting ranches since it was first detected in the state almost two decades ago. But more than a quarter of those were reported in just over the last year, according to newly released state data.

How long does it take to get a CWD test back?

Test results are delivered within seven to 10 days.

How long has CWD been in Wisconsin?

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was first detected in Wisconsin in 2002. Since then sampling has been conducted every year in various places throughout the state.

Can you eat elk with CWD?

If you have your deer or elk commercially processed, consider asking that your animal be processed individually to avoid mixing meat from multiple animals. If your animal tests positive for CWD, do not eat meat from that animal.

How long does it take to get CWD results in Wisconsin?

During an average year, results are typically available 10-14 days after the deer is brought to a sampling station.

How can you tell if a deer is CWD?

Testing. Currently, definitive diagnosis is based on IHC testing of the obex area of the brain stem or the medial retropharyngeal lymph nodes.

Can humans get CWD?

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. However, some animal studies suggest CWD poses a risk to certain types of non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat meat from CWD-infected animals or come in contact with brain or body fluids from infected deer or elk.

How is CWD spread?

Scientists believe CWD proteins (prions) likely spread between animals through body fluids like feces, saliva, blood, or urine, either through direct contact or indirectly through environmental contamination of soil, food or water.

What is CWD (chronic wasting disease)?

It belongs to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) or prion diseases. CWD occurs only in members of the cervid or deer family — both wild and captive. The Wisconsin DNR began monitoring the state’s wild white-tailed deer population for CWD in 1999.

Where does CWD occur in Wisconsin?

CWD occurs only in members of the cervid or deer family — both wild and captive. The Wisconsin DNR began monitoring the state’s wild white-tailed deer population for CWD in 1999. The first positives were found in 2002.

What does the Wisconsin chronic disease program cover?

Wisconsin Chronic Disease Program. CRD members are eligible to receive the following WCDP covered services: Inpatient and outpatient dialysis and transplant treatments. One pre-transplant dental examination, and X-rays. Kidney donor transplant-related medical services. Certain prescription medications.

Does county prevalence of CWD imply overall prevalence in a county?

Reports of CWD occurrence may not imply overall prevalence in a county. Detailed information on county statistics is provided when a specific County name is selected. Note that the DNR data reported here only includes wild deer.