Chronic wasting disease (CWD) of deer and elk
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of cervids such as deer, and elk. It is known as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), or prion disease. Other TSEs include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans.
In Canada, CWD is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
What information is available?
- Notice to Industry - Updates to the federal management of chronic wasting disease in farmed cervids
- Fact Sheet
- Herd Certification
- Herds infected in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and since 1996
- What to expect if your animals may be infected
- Prion Disease Information
- Information for hunters:
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