Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Watch

CWDWatch features a series of resources related to College of Veterinary Medicine research and response to chronic wasting disease, which is causing deep concern for hunters, landowners, and members of the public where CWD affects deer and other cervid populations.

CWDWatch is the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety's fall 2019 Emerging Issues feature.  Here we provide scientific and animal health-based evidence to help you understand what is known and not yet known about CWD and its impact across the upper Midwest.  Check back in throughout the fall for additional resources, including conversations with experts, a CWD toolkit for hunters, and video presentations.

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New! Check out chronic wasting disease fact sheets in new languages. 

CWD fact sheets: English | Hmong | Khmer | Korean

It's important for all hunters to be educated and knowledgeable about CWD. Hunters' actions play an important role in reducing the spread of CWD, and providing safe, healthy food for themselves and their families. 

CWD Watch Hunters' Toolkit

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What is chronic wasting disease?

Cervids

Deer

CWD is a neurological disease affecting the cervid family. This includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, and reindeer.

Prion Disease

Brain

CWD is a prion disease. These occur when normal proteins in a healthy animal or human are misfolded into abnormal shapes.

Symptoms

Neuron

The most obvious sign of CWD is weight loss. Other symptoms include poor balance, drooling, confusion, and drooping ears.

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Antlers

Infectious prions can be shed through an infected animal's saliva, blood, feces, urine, and antler velvet.

CWD Conversations

Key Facts

CWD Conversations is a series from CAHFS and the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach (MNPRO) highlighting key facts about chronic wasting disease. 

Stay tuned for future conversations and interviews with Minnesota DNR scientists, the diagnostic development team, state legislators, Minnesota landowners, and human health experts.

What is CWD?

Learn more about chronic wasting disease including which animals it affects, where it's found, and how it's spread.

CWD Progression

Chronic wasting disease can easily spread in nature, and it can take up to 2 years for CWD to kill an infected animal. But why is that?

CWD Diagnostic Tests

A team of UMN researchers are developing a prototype of a portable device capable of field testing a variety of samples for the presence of CWD.

Occurrences in Minnesota

CWD has been found in 10 MN counties since 2002: Aitkin, Stearns, Lac qui Parle, Olmsted, Ramsey, Fillmore, Crow Wing, Meeker, Winona, and Houston.

Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach (MNPRO)

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MNPRO is a hub within the College of Veterinary Medicine for combatting chronic wasting disease at the University of Minnesota. As an incubator for cutting-edge prion research, MNPRO brings together a range of UMN faculty and external collaborators with expertise in prion diseases, animal health, cellular biology, nanotechnology, and infectious disease.

Learn more at mnpro.umn.edu

 

 

New! UTalks – Spotlight Science: Chronic Wasting Disease

U of M and Minnesota DNR scientists gathered on September 14th for the Spotlight Science event at the Bell Museum. Check out these UTalks from CWD researchers on key topics around the disease. 

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CWD Resources

CWD Fact Sheet (PDF)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

CWDWatch is produced by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety with support from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach.

Minnesota Board of Animal Health

United States Geological Survey

  • CWD Map: expanding distribution of chronic wasting disease

University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) Chronic Wasting Disease Resource Center

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