APHIS invests $9M to fight chronic wasting disease

Mule deer are among the species affected by chronic wasting disease. Credit: U.S. Forest Service- Pacific

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a $9.4 million injection of funds to manage the spread of chronic wasting disease—an illness that’s deadly to deer. The money will go to 26 states and six Tribes or Tribal organizations, and will allow Tribes to submit deer tissue samples for testing cost-free. “These collaborative efforts will strengthen our ability to find and implement new solutions,” said Kevin Shea, APHIS administrator, in a press release. “APHIS relies on close collaboration with our state and Tribal partners to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources, and controlling and preventing chronic wasting disease in our Nation’s farmed and wild cervids is an increasingly important task.”

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