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.
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.
What is chronic wasting disease?
CWD is a neurological disease affecting the cervid family. This includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, and reindeer.
CWD is a prion disease. These occur when normal proteins in a healthy animal or human are misfolded into abnormal shapes.
The most obvious sign of CWD is weight loss. Other symptoms include poor balance, drooling, confusion, and drooping ears.
Infectious prions can be shed through an infected animal's saliva, blood, feces, urine, and antler velvet.
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.
Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach (MNPRO)
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.
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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