Abstract

Title:  Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance in North Carolina
Author(s): Kelly E. Douglass, Vincent E. Stanford, David T. Cobb, North Carolina Resources Commission
Year: 2006
Abstract: Although Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has not been documented in North Carolina, the biological, economical, and sociological implications associated with this disease remain significant. The discovery of CWD in Wisconsin prompted the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) to implement a preventative disease management strategy in May 2002. Substantial revisions to rules pertaining to captive cervids were implemented, including testing, tagging, and inspection requirements. A buyout program was established to provide monetary compensation to individuals voluntarily relinquishing their cervid herd and captivity license to the NCWRC. Additional actions included increased efforts to minimize the occurrence of illegally held cervids and revisions to North Carolina's fawn rehabilitation program. CWD monitoring and surveillance was expanded for free-ranging white-tailed deer, including a statewide systematic sampling of hunter- and road-killed deer. Additional surveillance has also included the testing of free-ranging deer located around facilities known to have imported cewids into North Carolina. Information was disseminated to increase public awareness of CWD and disease management actions implemented by the NCWRC. All management actions implemented by the NCWRC to date were designed to prevent the introduction of CWD into North Carolina or to increase likelihood of disease detection should it already exist within the state.

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