Alberta CWD farmed cervid surveillance

 
 
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This page provides information and links to resources about Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Alberta farmed cervids.

What is CWD? Do we have CWD in Canada? Our fact sheet provides answers to these frequently asked questions.

  • Alberta Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Program link. All cervids over one year of age that die on farm for any reason, including non-commercial slaughter, disease, accident, culling, euthanasia, or other, must have the entire head or appropriate tissue samples submitted for CWD testing.
  • National CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Program link.
  • CWD surveillance in wild cervids, link to Alberta Environment and Parks.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) information on CWD
  • What happens if a CWD positive sample is detected? Follow this link to the CFIA CWD webpage
  • Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and the CFIA provide various services to the cervid industry. Follow this link to the Cervid Industry Duty Role and Contact List

Alberta’s Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Test Results in Farmed Cervids.

The Alberta government began conducting voluntary surveillance for CWD in farmed and wild cervids in the fall of 1996.

On August of 2002, the Alberta Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Program became effective in Alberta, requiring cervid owners to submit the heads for CWD testing from all farmed cervids over one year of age that die for any reason, including commercial and non-commercial slaughter, disease, accident, culling, euthanasia, or other.

Producers are required to submit cervid heads to any Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) laboratory (Edmonton, Fairview, Airdrie, and Lethbridge).

Need to submit samples for CWD testing? Click here to download the submission form.

Total Alberta farmed cervids tested for CWD in Alberta by calendar year.

Year
Elk (Wapiti)
Whitetail Deer
Mule deer
other*
Total
non negative CWD
2016
1,574
116
0
5
1,695
2015
2,271
225
0
11
2,507
3†
2014
1,917
286
0
11
2,214
2013
2,262
273
0
3
2,538
2012
2,112
310
0
6
2,428
2011
2,483
569
3
9
3,064
2010
4,019
742
21
6
4,788
2009
4,235
848
18
11
5,112
2008
5,147
1,087
26
36
6,296
2007
4,860
1,005
2
77
5,944
2006
5,878
708
32
75
6,693
2005
6,997
860
59
45
7,961
2004
6,640
1,144
72
48
7,904
2003
7,000
1,727
38
46
8,811
2002
3,912
1,035
10
32
4,989
1996-2001
1,063
371
36
14
1,484

*Reindeer, fallow deer, antelope, moose
ˠOne elk detected under the Alberta Mandatory CWD Surveillance Program
†Two elk detected under the Alberta Mandatory CWD Surveillance Program. One elk detected by the CFIA in a herd trace-out
ǂTwo whitetail deer from the same premises and one elk.
 
 
 
 
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This information published to the web on January 8, 2004.
Last Reviewed/Revised on July 10, 2017.