The Cervid Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance Program provides surveillance to detect CWD on domestic game farms in Saskatchewan. Early detection of CWD limits spread to other farmed cervids on the premises and to other sites.
Saskatchewan Agriculture administers and regulates the Surveillance Program under The Domestic Game Farm Animal Regulations. All domestic game farm operators that keep cervids in Saskatchewan are required to participate. The program began in January 2001 on a voluntary basis, and was made mandatory on Dec. 31, 2001.
CWD is a federally reportable disease in Canada and all suspected cases are to be reported to a CFIA district veterinarian. On April 1, 2018, CFIA changed their CWD control program so that only game farms that are on a national voluntary CWD program will be quarantined, depopulated and compensated. Check the CFIA’s CWD webpage for more information.
As of April 6, 2018 CWD is also a notifiable animal disease and a designated disease in Saskatchewan. All suspect or confirmed cases of CWD are to be reported to the office of the provincial Chief Veterinary Officer within 24 hours.