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Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Kimble County Deer Breeding Facility

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A press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department indicates that Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found in a white-tailed deer at a breeding facility in Kimble County, which marks the first finding of the disease in that county. It was discovered in a 5-and-a-half-year-old white-tailed deer via tissue samples which were submitted by the breeding facility. The sample-taking was part of a routine deer mortality surveillance and came back positive for CWD from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in College Station on February 6, 2020. A second confirmation also came from the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Immediate action has been taken by officials to secure all animals at the Kimble County deer breeding facility. Additional plans to investigate further for CWD are also underway. Likewise, breeding facilities that have received deer from the facility in Kimble County, or have shipped deer to it in the last five years, are under movement restrictions. They can neither move or release animals at this time, unless they have completed the testing required to ensure that CWD hasn’t been transferred to their facility.

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Kimble County Deer Breeding Facility

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Dr. Bob Dittmar, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department veterinarian, advised, “The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working in coordination with the Texas Animal Health Commission and other agencies to launch an epidemiological investigation to determine the extent of the disease, assess risks to Texas’ free ranging deer and protect the captive deer breeding industry. We want to thank landowners and the Texas hunting community for its strong support of our detection, sampling and herd management efforts – we cannot combat the spread of CWD without it.”

Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Kimble County Deer Breeding Facility

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The Kimble County deer breeding facility in question has had an active Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program in place since 2011. Up until now, no positives have been detected. Dr. Susan Rollo, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) State Epidemiologist, said, “TAHC is working with TPWD to quickly assess and determine the extent of diseases prevalence in the herd and mitigate the spread of CWD.” For more information about Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population and how it affects them, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department link available here, or visit the TAHC website at the link provided here.