CFIA Quarantines Elk Herd in Saskatchewan
Chronic wasting disease has been found in an elk herd in Saskatchewan, a province of Canada.
REGINA - A large elk farm in Saskatchewan is under quarantine and its animals are to be destroyed after a case of chronic wasting disease was discovered.
Chronic wasting disease has been found in Saskachewan elk herds since 1996. It is known throughout N. America in the deer and elk populations. It is a prion disease that is transmissible (TSE). This transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that is similar to mad cow disease .
TSE in N. America was formerly thought to be restricted to Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado, but is now found in many states and come provinces of Canada.
To date there have been no verified cases of CWD being transferred to humans. Recently cases of TSE have been found in moose. It is capable of crossing that species barrier. There are prcautions that hunters are advised to take.
Do not shoot, handle or consume an elk or deer that is acting abnormally or appears to be sick. When field-dressing game, wear rubber gloves and minimize the use of a bone saw to cut through the brain or spinal cord (backbone). Bone out the meat. Minimize contact with and do not consume brain or spinal cord tissues, eyes, spleen, or lymph nodes. Always wash hands thoroughly after dressing and processing game meat. (More)
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