Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a rare but fatal disease of the nervous system and brain that affects members of deer and elk family and has been diagnosed in captive white-tailed deer herds in Oneida County.
Although there is no evidence that CWD poses a health risk to humans or domestic animals, hunters and consumers have expressed concern about the significance of finding the disease in New York deer herds.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Animal Industry provides information about CWD including regulations to control the spread of the disease and instructions for owners of captive deer herds.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a website on CWD which addresses disease occurrence, transmission and prevention measures.
USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides a history of CWD, state information and facts about CWD in captive and wild deer, elk and moose herds.
The National Wildlife Health Center which is part of the US Geological Survey (USGS) provides information on current CWD research and news.