Friday, June 29, 2012
Alberta Canada CWD continues steady march west, recording it’s highest positives ever June 2012 Report
Sustainable Resource Development Annual Report 2011-2012
The Ministry takes an active role in monitoring and managing wildlife diseases. In 2011-12 Sustainable Resource Development continued to monitor the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer in eastern Alberta. CWD was detected in 33 of 3,194 tested animals. Data indicates that previous disease control programs reduced the rate at which CWD established in local populations. Since the suspension of disease control, CWD has steadily increased in prevalence and geographic distribution, including resurgence in areas where previous disease control had reduced its occurrence. Sustainable Resource Development will undertake an extensive program review and will prepare new recommendations for managing CWD in Alberta.
Chronic wasting disease in deer continues steady march west
Affliction could reach Calgary outskirts within decade
By Kelly Cryderman, Calgary HeraldJune 29, 2012 7:30 AM
Chronic wasting disease in deer continues its march westward from Saskatchewan, bolstering scientific predictions the animal affliction will reach the outskirts of Calgary and Edmonton within the decade.
Even the current low levels of chronic wasting disease (CWD) are painstakingly monitored by the Alberta government because of its relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative prion disease in cattle, and concern CWD found in deer, elk and moose may someday spread to humans.
The most recent provincial data, published Thursday in Sustainable Resource Development's annual report, indicates CWD was discovered in 33 of 3,194 tested deer in southeastern Alberta last year, the highest number ever found.
The wasting disease is also spreading to new parts of the province.
Hunters say the government needs to bolster its CWD testing programs to include all of Alberta.
"The major concern is it's spreading into the animals and I don't think anyone knows whether it can be transferred to humans or not, like BSE," said Alberta Fish and Game Association president Conrad Fennema.
The numbers are going up, incrementally.
Only four deer with CWD were found in 2005, the first year the disease was detected in the province. More recently, 13 infected deer were discovered in 2009, and 20 in 2010.
The annual report said since the government halted a winter cull program in areas where sick deer were found, "CWD has steadily increased in prevalence and geographic distribution, including resurgence in areas where previous disease control had reduced its occurrence."
The report said Sustainable Resource Development, which has been merged with the Environment department, will undertake an extensive program review and prepare new plans for managing CWD.
"We'll be looking at what we need to do for the coming season," said a spokesman, Dave Ealey. "We don't want to see it spread."
University of Alberta biologist David Coltman, who studies the disease in deer, said it's not the increased numbers he's worried about, but the spread of it.
Last year, Coltman said the disease was already "at the gates of Calgary" and predicted CWD would likely be found just outside the province's two biggest cities in five to 10 years.
"If you look at a map, you start to realize that this is getting to be quite a large geographic area where the disease is found," Coltman said Thursday.
"There are no geographic barriers. And we know the deer aren't fussy about which direction they seem to move."
CWD is an emerging disease first found on a Colorado game ranch in the late 1960s, but is now encountered in 15 U.S. states and Saskatchewan and Alberta. Although scientists don't fully understand the way the disease spreads, it flares when deer populations are high and animals are crowded together.
In 2008, the province axed its program of culling deer in areas where the disease was found. Coltman said keeping the disease out of Alberta completely was never a strong likelihood and CWD is now too widespread for culling measures to be effective.
Today, the Alberta government relies mostly on hunters to kill infected animals and gather data about CWD. Many more hunting licences are granted and hunters must give government staff the heads of the deer they kill in areas where the disease has been discovered. Coltman said it's important the province's surveillance system is maintained. "We don't know what the future is going to hold so let's just make sure we know where it is."
At the Alberta Fish and Game Association, Fennema said he believes the government should require hunters to turn in deer heads - in every part of the province.
"Doing nothing is not an option," Fennema said.
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TOO bad Canada’s policy on BSE aka mad cow type disease, and the reporting there from of completed cases, have ceased to exist on the CFIA site for the public to follow. you have to request a copy. CFIA ceased giving those copies out to me. ...
•Request a copy of a completed BSE investigation report for a case after January 2009
Sunday, May 27, 2012
CANADA PLANS TO IMPRISON ANYONE SPEAKING ABOUT MAD COW or ANY OTHER DISEASE OUTBREAK, CENSORSHIP IS A TERRIBLE THING
PLEASE NOTE, type determination pending Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (tdpCJD) in Canada is also on a steady increase. please see ;
> 3. Final classification of 50 cases from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 is pending.
CJD Deaths Reported by CJDSS1, 1994-20122
As of May 31, 2012
Deaths of Definite and Probable CJD
Year Sporadic Iatrogenic Familial GSS FFI vCJD Total
1994 2 0 0 1 0 0 3
1995 3 0 0 0 0 0 3
1996 13 0 0 0 0 0 13
1997 16 0 1 1 0 0 18
1998 22 1 0 1 0 0 24
1999 26 2 2 1 0 0 31
2000 32 0 0 3 0 0 35
2001 27 0 2 1 0 0 30
2002 31 0 2 2 0 1 36
2003 27 1 1 0 0 0 29
2004 42 0 1 0 0 0 43
2005 42 0 0 2 0 0 44
2006 39 0 1 3 1 0 44 2007 35 0 0 4 0 0 39
2008 48 0 1 0 0 0 49
2009 48 0 3 2 0 0 53
2010 34 0 3 0 0 0 37
2011 37 0 2 1 0 1 41
2012 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 525 4 19 22 1 2 573
1. CJDSS began in 1998
2. Data before 1998 are retrospective and partial, data from 1998 to 2008 are complete, and data for 2009 - 2012 are provisional
3. Final classification of 50 cases from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 is pending.
CJD Deaths Reported by CJDSS1, 1994-20122
As of May 31, 2012
CENSORSHIP IS A TERRIBLE THING $$$
Canada has had a COVER-UP policy of mad cow disease since about the 17th case OR 18th case of mad cow disease. AFTER THAT, all FOIA request were ignored $$$
THIS proves there is indeed an epidemic of mad cow disease in North America, and it has been covered up for years and years, if not for decades, and it’s getting worse $$$
Thursday, February 10, 2011
TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY REPORT UPDATE CANADA FEBRUARY 2011 and how to hide mad cow disease in Canada Current as of: 2011-01-31
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE SIXTEENTH CASE OF BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY (BSE) IN CANADA
Thursday, August 19, 2010
REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION OF THE SEVENTEENTH CASE OF BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY (BSE) IN CANADA
Friday, March 4, 2011
Alberta dairy cow found with mad cow disease
Friday, June 8, 2012
Canadian Food Inspection Agency locates missing sheep
see full text here ;
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease Human TSE report update North America, Canada, Mexico, and USDA PRION UNIT as of May 18, 2012
type determination pending Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (tdpCJD), is on the rise in Canada and the USA
Monday, June 25, 2012
US Department of Agriculture ends funding for chronic wasting disease CWD
for all those game farmers that thought the USDA was the save all to the cervid game farming and ranching with CWD, instead of the DNR. please see ;
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
First US BSE Case Since 2006 Underscores Need for Vigilance
Neurology Today 21 June 2012
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