New case of chronic wasting disease detected in moose

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New case of chronic wasting disease detected in moose

Samples of a dead moose found in Buskerud show that the animal had chronic wasting disease (CWD). This is the sixth case since the disease came to Norway in 2016.

Moose hunters came across the dead animal in Sigdal and reported to the game manager in the municipality.

“Brain material was submitted to the Veterinary Institute for testing, and showed evidence of chronic wasting disease. In animals with CWD, we do not find infectious agents in the lymph nodes, and none was found in the main lymph nodes from this moose,” according to a press release from the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet).

The moose has been sent to the Veterinary Institute for further testing.

The first five cases were also the same type of atypical chronic wasting disease. According to Nationen there were three moose in Selbu, one in Lierne and one in Flesberg, in addition to a deer in Gjemnes.

According to the newspaper, the infectious type is found only in wild reindeer in Nordfjella.

Since the beginning of 2016, more than 94,000 deer have been tested for chronic wasting disease. The disease is fatal to deer, but has never been shown to infect humans, either from animals or meat.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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