Chronic Wasting Disease was not identified in the farmed cervid herds in the state in FY 2015. CWD testing of eligible animals from the farmed cervid industry in SD in FY 2015 totaled 77 animals. Since late 1997, a total of 6,676 farmed cervids have been tested for CWD in South Dakota.
Since CWD was identified in farmed cervids in SD in late 1997 and a broad and strict CWD Surveillance program was implemented in 1998, the continued negative test results compliment the excellent surveillance program and the cooperation of the cervid industry in SD.
As of July 1, 2015 there have been 25,296 wild cervids sampled for CWD in South Dakota with 281 positive results.
Effective January 1, 2012, USDA-APHIS is no longer funding lab costs for CWD testing. All costs for captive cervid testing are currently borne by producers.