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Vet Res. 2016 Sep 15;47(1):88. doi: 10.1186/s13567-016-0375-4.

First case of chronic wasting disease in Europe in a Norwegian free-ranging reindeer.

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1
Norwegian Veterinary Institute, P.O. Box 750 Sentrum, 0106, Oslo, Norway. sylvie.benestad@vetinst.no.
2
Canadian Food Inspection Agency, National and OIE Reference Laboratory for Scrapie and CWD, Ottawa Laboratory Fallowfield, Ottawa, ON, Canada.
3
Department of Pathology, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3NB, UK.
4
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), P.O. Box 5685 Sluppen, 7485, Trondheim, Norway.
5
Norwegian Veterinary Institute, P.O. Box 750 Sentrum, 0106, Oslo, Norway.

Abstract

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal contagious prion disease in cervids that is enzootic in some areas in North America. The disease has been found in deer, elk and moose in the USA and Canada, and in South Korea following the importation of infected animals. Here we report the first case of CWD in Europe, in a Norwegian free-ranging reindeer in Southern Norway. The origin of the disease is unknown. Until now a low number of cervids, and among them a few reindeer, have been tested for CWD in Norway. Therefore the prevalence of CWD is unknown.

PMID:
27641251
PMCID:
PMC5024462
DOI:
10.1186/s13567-016-0375-4
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