34 000 cervids tested so far for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has tested over 34 000 cervids for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) during the last 1.5 years.

- The results so far indicate that the prevalence in wild reindeer in Nordfjella mountain area, where the disease was first detected, is low. This leads to increased conviction and hope to be able to control the infection by eradicating the reindeer in Nordfjella and thereby preserve healthy Norwegian cervid populations in the future, says Jørn Våge, CWD-coordinator at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute.

CWD is a prion disease that causes suffering and death to the affected individuals. When CWD was discovered by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute in 2016, it was the first case in Europe, and as a consequence, an extensive sampling of Norwegian cervids was initiated.

- It is important to have a highly professional preparedness to handle animal diseases. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has proven that they have high professional competence in their work with CWD. I am also impressed how the institute has manage to examine the great number of samples during the last couple of years, says Jon Georg Dale, minister of agriculture and food.

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