Tracking Chronic Wasting Disease in Virginia
Since 2002, ~ 12,000 deer in Virginia have been tested for chronic wasting disease. VDGIF has diagnosed 38 positive cases of chronic wasting disease in Virginia between 2009 and 2018.
|CWD Positive Deer in Virginia|
|2009||1 doe, Frederick Co|
|2010||1 buck, Frederick Co|
|2011||1 doe, 1 buck, Frederick Co|
|2012||1 buck, Frederick Co|
|2013||1 doe, 1 buck, Frederick Co|
|2014||2 bucks, Frederick Co;
1 buck, Shenandoah Co
|2015||2 bucks, 1 doe, Frederick Co|
|2016||7 bucks, 2 does, Frederick Co|
|2017||1 buck, 1 doe, Shenandoah Co;
9 bucks, 5 does, Frederick Co
None of the CWD-positive deer that have been harvested by hunters in Virginia exhibited clinical signs of CWD. Between 2005 and 2017, over 200 cases of CWD have been found nearby in West Virginia. At least two positive deer killed by hunters in West Virginia showed signs of illness prior to harvesting. Deer infected with CWD can take several years to display symptoms, and are infectious during that time.
Below is a summary of CWD Surveillance efforts in Virginia since 2005.
The map below shows the location of Virginia’s CWD-positive deer from 2009 to 2017. During the first few years of Virginia’s CWD outbreak infected deer were found small cluster located very close to the West Virginia state line. In 2013 and 2014 infected deer were found several miles southeast of the established cluster. Since then the disease has spread along the Virginia-West Virginia state line and also further southeast across Frederick County.
In 2009, VDGIF established a Containment Area (CA) to help delineate mandatory sampling requirements, liberalized bag limits and seasons, and carcass movement restrictions. The CA was expanded in 2015 to include all of Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.
Please refer to the main page for a current listing of CWD sampling stations and refrigerated head-drop locations.