Chronic Wasting Disease

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) surveillance chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the cervid populations.  

The programme include moose (Alcec alces), red deer (Cervus elaphus), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and fallow deer (Dama dama).

The aim of the surveillance programme is to document the status of CWD in the cervid populations in Norway. 

2018

In 2018, six wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) from the Nordfjella sub-population in South-Norway and one moose (Alces alces) from the Flesberg municipality tested positive for CWD. The culling process in Nordfjella was completed in spring 2018. A total of 33,658 samples of wild, semi-domesticated and captive cervids were analysed in 2018 (includes two reindeer from Svalbard). A scientific paper described the findings of CWD in Norwegian moose to be of a novel type. In addition to cervids, also enrolled in Norwegian surveillance of animal TSE is wild musk ox (Ovibos moschatus). Twenty-two animals, all from the Dovrefjell Mountains, were tested and found negative for TSE.

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