Doe dubbed Pink 23 will be tested for Chronic Wasting Disease

Written by Tim Lambert and Radio Pennsylvania | Nov 29, 2012 3:37 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A hunter has killed a doe that escaped from a quarantined farm in New Oxford, Adams County, last month.

The doe is known as Pink 23. It attracted attention because it came from the same farm where two captive deer tested positive for CWD in October. That's a rare neurological illness that's fatal in deer, elk and moose.

Samantha Krepps with the state Agriculture Department says a hunter shot the deer on a farm about a half mile away from where it was originally was housed.

"The farms are in close proximity. They're both deer farms. Both farms are quarantined, because the deer had been on both properties," she says. "We need to test the brain and the lymph nodes. So, it will take two weeks for testing," she says. "As soon as we have the results, we'll release the results."

Since the two positive tests for CWD, the state has set up a 600-square-mile disease management area in York and Adams counties and also placed some 27 farms in 14 counties under quarantine.

CWD, which is not harmful to humans, has not been detected among the wild deer population.

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Comments: 2

  • Gavin img 2012-11-29 08:32

    This is already costing the state a lot of money. If CWP spreads, the cost and impact will be severe. When will we seriously begin to look at how these "deer farms" operate, and will they be held accountable for allowing escaped deer?

  • Helane Shields img 2012-11-29 14:34

    Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a sister disease to mad cow (bovine spongiform encephalopathy-BSE) -- just as Alzheimer's and CJD (Creutzfeldt Jakob) are similar human prion diseases.

    Experts warn that farmed deer infected with CWD
    pose significant risks to wild deer and elk in the same area: 2007
    "Potential for disease transmission from Fence‐Line Contact Between Wild
    and Farmed Cervids"

    The so-called 'species barrier' between deer and livestock and deer and humans, is NOT foolproof:

    USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that 86% of livestock
    IC inoculated with CWD prions from infected white-tailed deer went on to
    develop prion disease.

    " . . . the species barrier from cervid to humans is prion
    strain-dependent and humans can be vulnerable to novel cervid prion strains"

    "Our results have far-reaching implications for human health, since they indicate that cervid PrPSc can trigger the conversion of human PrPC into PrPSc, suggesting that CWD might be infectious to humans."

    Scientists identify the human strain as "CWD-huPrPSc".

    Back in 2004, the CDC expected CWD to manifest only as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. But Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner recently pointed out the many
    different strains of prion diseases:

    ". . . they (prions) are actually capable of
    multiplying in what he terms "alternative" shapes, with
    each shape responsible for a different type of dementia."

    CDC article on the many hunters and game eaters who have developed prion diseases:

    States may want to reevaluate their enthusiasm for sewer sludge spreading: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified infectious human and animal prions as emerging pathogenic contaminants of concern in sewage sludge "biosolids".:

    In the July 3, 2010 issue of VETERINARY RECORD, renown prion expert Dr. Joel Pedersen, Univ/Wisconsin, stated: “Finally, the disposal of sludge was considered to represent the greatest risk of spreading (prion) infectivity to other premises.”

    Helane Shields, Alton, NH

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