USDA APHIS Provides $5.7m in Chronic Wasting Disease Control and Prevention
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is providing $5.7 million dollars in Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) control and prevention.
CWD is a highly contagious degenerative disease that kills the brain cells of deer species, elk and moose, ultimately resulting in death. The USDA is funding the efforts of 20 states and 8 tribes to continue or develop CWD monitoring and management plans. Three hundred thousand dollars was awarded to tribes.
Marquita Bady of the USDA, writes:
APHIS based its funding allocations on priorities that were collaboratively established with state agricultural and wildlife representatives, Tribal officials and the cervid industry. Those priorities are:
- Improving CWD management of affected farmed herds and wild cervid populations;
- Improving CWD management of affected areas or premises;
- Conducting additional research on the use of certain sensitive testing technology, known as amplification assays, for CWD; Conducting additional research on predictive genetics; and
- Developing and/or delivering educational outreach materials or programs.
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