Earlier this week, Amarillo laboratory Resident Director R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, MA, appeared on KFDA, an Amarillo television news channel. Dr. Helman discussed the importance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing and how Texas hunters can assist in veterinary diagnostics for the disease.
CWD has been found in two captive white-tailed deer herds in Texas. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) first identified a potentially suspect CWD sample from a deer located in Medina County in July 2015; the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed the sample as positive. Since then, a deer traced to the original premises was found to be positive; this deer was located in Lavaca County. A surge in CWD testing led TVMDL to perform more than 300 tests on deer traced from the initial premises. Typically, TVMDL performs an average of 15,000 CWD tests annually.
Dr. Helman spoke to KFDA reporter Madison Alewel about the necessity to test for this rare neurological disease that affects cervids. View the full report HERE.
More information on submitting deer specimens to TVMDL for testing can be found HERE.