Since it kicked off in October of 2016, our project on "Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease
" has made some significant findings about the nature of CWD. The team has been able to identify different strains of the disease, gain insight into how long it lingers in the environment, and how to detect its presence in the wild.
Since it was first discovered in Colorado in1967, CWD has spread to 24 US states, Alberta and Saskatchewan, and BC, Manitoba and the Yukon at risk. Europe reported its first case of CWD in a reindeer in Norway in April 2016. It is a contagious and fatal brain-destroying diseases found in deer, moose, and elk.
Cathy Cullingham is part of our funded CWD research team and she talked with freelance broadcaster Don Hill about the latest development in the University of Alberta led project.