Fall of 2011 represented the beginning of the eleventh consecutive year of intensive chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance in Washington. From 2001-2010, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) collected over 6300 samples from deer, elk and moose, with 5,898 of those being suitable for testing (Table 1). None has tested positive for CWD.
Of the six Elements of the CWD National Plan (Communications, Scientific and Technical Information Dissemination, Diagnostics, Disease Management, Research, and Surveillance), Washington focused mainly on Surveillance. This report describes CWD surveillance activities and expenditures in Washington from September 21, 2011 â€" September 20, 2012.