A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey confirms what we basically already know about CWD in whitetails.
In a new study from the USGS, it was determined that chronic wasting disease may have long-term negative effects on white-tailed deer. Chronic Wasting Disease has now been discovered in 24 states, two Canadian provinces, the Republic of Korea, and Norway.
In this study, researchers used mathematical models to estimate infection and mortality for whitetails in Wisconsin and Illinois outbreaks. What these researchers found was that adult male deer have three times the risk of CWD infection than female deer. Additionally, males also have higher disease mortality than females.
After the study was finished, the researchers concluded that additioinal research is needed to more fully understand how CWD is transmitted to healthy deer and the potential long-term impact of the disease on North American deer populations.
Overall, this study confirmed what we thought we already know about CWD, which really isn’t much. Though it does seem to be an important issue, this disease will continue to be researched and hopefully we can learn more and more about it in the future.