Chronic wasting disease (CWD) of deer and elk
2020-01-01: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's Chronic Wasting Disease Voluntary Herd Certification Program (CWD-VHCP) is now known as the Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (CWD-HCP). Any reference to the VHCP in the following documents may be replaced with CWD-HCP.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of cervids such as deer, and elk. It is known as a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), or prion disease. Other TSEs include scrapie in sheep, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans.
In Canada, CWD is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
- Fact sheet
- Herd certification
- Herds infected with chronic wasting disease in Canada
- What to expect if your animals may be infected
- Prion disease information
- 2019-03-15 – Updates to the federal management of chronic wasting disease in farmed cervids
- 2017-12-12 – Updates to the federal management of chronic wasting disease in farmed cervids
Information for cervid producers
Information for hunters
- British Columbia
- Northwest Territories – PDF (704 kb)
- Quebec (French only)
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