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Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease

A white-tailed deer collected on January 25, 2018, in Issaquena County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  The deer was a 4.5-year-old male that died of natural causes and was reported to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. 

This is the first time an animal in Mississippi has tested positive for the disease, which is fatal to white-tailed deer.  MDWFP will immediately implement the CWD Response Plan under the auspices of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Pursuant to the Order of the Executive Director on behalf of the Commission, effectively immediately, supplemental feeding is banned in the following counties:  Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren, and Yazoo.

CWD was first documented among captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967, and has been confirmed in 25 states, three Canadian provinces, and two foreign countries.  It has been found in the free-ranging herds in 23 states and among captive cervids in 16 states.

According to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, CWD affects only cervids (hoofed animals in the cervidae family such as deer, elk, and moose).  CWD affects the body’s nervous system.  Once in the host’s body, prions transform normal cellular protein into an abnormal shape that accumulates until the cell ceases to function.  Infected animals begin to lose weight, lose their appetite, and develop an insatiable thirst.  They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate, and grind their teeth.

 

Additional Information

MDWFP CWD Response Plan

Chronic Wasting Disease Fact Sheet

Mississippi Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone Map

MS Department of Health - Chronic Wasting Disease: Public Health Recommendations

Hog Trapping Information for Counties Requiring Permits 

MSU Deer Lab's Deer University Podcast on CWD

Mineral Sites Added to Supplemental Feeding Ban

Video: CWD Public Meeting Jackson

Chronic Wasting Disease Test Results Returned

Video: CWD Public Meeting Vicksburg

Chronic Wasting Disease: Present, Past, and Future

CWD Sampling Summary: May 15, 2018

 

 

 

 

For more information, visit the CWD Alliance website.

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