CWD confirmed in 2 Minnesota deer, bringing 2020 total to 16
Two deer recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), reports the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), bringing the state's 2020 cases to 16 and total cases to 95.
Last year saw 44 deer test positive, a 158.8% jump from 2018's 17 cases. CWD is a fatal neurologic disease with no known cure that transfers from cervids such as deer, elk, and moose to other cervids through prions in saliva, urine, blood, feces, antler velvet, and carcasses.
One deer was an adult male harvested Nov 7 in Dakota County, the first hunter-harvested one to test positive in the new south metro disease management zone. The other was hit by a vehicle in the southeast metro disease management zone in Olmsted County on Nov 4. While the latter was not the first deer to test positive within deer permit area 643, this is the farthest northwest a case has been found in that zone.
While hunter-harvested deer sampling is voluntary across the state this year because of COVID-19 precautions, the DNR urges hunters in disease management and surveillance zones to bring samples of deer over 1 year old to designated drop-off stations. Not only does this help track CWD spread, but if the deer is positive, then the DNR can help facilitate safe disposal of the meat and carcass.
Since CWD was first detected in 2002, the DNR has tested more than 90,000 wild deer in the state.
Nov 19 Minnesota DNR notice
Countries in Middle East, Africa report more polio cases
Six countries reported new polio cases over the past week, two in the Middle East and four in Africa, according to the latest weekly update from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).
In the Middle East, Afghanistan reported 1 more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case, a patient from Kandahar province, raising its total for 2020 to 54. Neighboring Pakistan also reported a WPV1 case, which involved a patient from Punjab province, raising its total to 81 for the year. It also reported 3 more circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases, 2 in Sindh province and 1 in Punjab province, putting the country's total at 83 for the year.
In Africa, Burkina Faso reported 5 cVDPV2 cases in four different provinces, boosting its total for 2020 to 45 from two different outbreaks. The Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 3 more such cases, 2 in Maindombe province and 1 in Equateur province, pushing its number for 2020 to 63 so far.
Nigeria reported one more cVDPV2 case, in Sokoto state, which raised the country's total this year to four. And finally, Sudan reported 5 more cVDPV2 cases in four provinces, making 44 for 2020.
Nov 19 GPEI update