WVDL A National Leader in CWD Testing



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Did you know that the WVDL tests for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer from Wisconsin and from five other states and farmed deer from 13 other states? The TSE (transmissible spongiform encephalopathy) laboratory at the WVDL was formed in 2002 in response to the discovery of CWD in Wisconsin. In 2013, WVDL tested 6,592 CWD samples for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (356 were test positive).

In addition to CWD, other types of TSE such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE/mad cow disease) and scrapie (a disease of sheep) are tested at WVDL as part of national surveillance programs.

As mentioned previously, the WVDL does CWD testing for many states around the country, including Arkansas.  The Razorback state recently posted this article regarding CWD in its state deer population.