Thursday, October 02, 2014
Ind. Gov't. - "Massive disease outbreak hits Iowa deer farm"
Ryan Sabalow reports this afternoon for the Indianapolis Star in a long story that begins:
Nearly 300 white-tailed deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease on an Iowa deer farm, the most infected animals ever found inside a farmer's pens.Here is a long long list of earlier ILB posts on the topic.
The news comes as Indiana lawmakers are poised next week to issue recommendations on how best to regulate the state's deer-breeding operations and whether to ban deer imports.
At a hearing in August in Indiana, deer breeders and their sympathetic veterinarians repeatedly downplayed the risk of CWD, saying rigorous testing keeps infection rates low and reduces the risk of massive outbreaks of the always-fatal disease.
Some wildlife disease experts say this latest outbreak strongly suggests otherwise.
"This is what happens when you allow disease to sit and percolate on a game farm," said Bryan Richards, the chronic wasting disease project leader at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 2, 2014 02:10 PM
Posted to Indiana Government