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11-22-2007, 04:18 PM
VDGIF Commences Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance for 2007

VDGIF

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has begun its active surveillance for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) for the 2007-2008 hunting season. To establish whether CWD occurs in Virginia, the Department commenced statewide CWD surveillance in 2002, and since then a total of 2,936 samples have been collected, deer have been sampled from every county in the Commonwealth, and CWD has not been detected.

For this season the Department will once again conduct statewide active surveillance. Hunter and road-killed deer from all counties in the Commonwealth will be tested for CWD, with the goal of over 1,000 samples during the 2007-2008 hunting season. However, due to the detection of CWD in deer from Hampshire County, West Virginia, additional surveillance will also be performed in a CWD Surveillance Focus Area in western Frederick County. This area will include the portions of Frederick County west of Virginia route 600.

VDGIF will be soliciting assistance from hunters in its CWD surveillance efforts by requesting that hunters voluntarily submit deer heads for testing. Hunter participation in CWD surveillance is vital as this will enable the Department to more quickly and effectively monitor for the presence of CWD. Hunters who are interested in participating in the CWD surveillance should contact the nearest Department office, or visit our Web site (http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/diseases/cwd/).