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Old 01-12-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Dec seeks info about sick or dead deer

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the 'canaries of the coal mine' are speaking to us.
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Thursday, January 12, 2012

DEC SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUT SICK OR DEAD DEER


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking the public to report any instances of deer appearing sick or acting abnormally. DEC is only investigating deer that appear to have died from unknown causes and not those that were killed by a vehicle, the agency announced today.



Anyone who sees a white-tailed deer acting abnormally or who finds a dead deer that was not struck by a vehicle is asked to report the animal to the nearest DEC regional office or to an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.



“One of the ways that DEC monitors the health of New York’s deer herd is by performing post- mortem examinations to determine the cause of the illness or death,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources Kathleen Moser. “We depend on information provided by people who are outdoors to tell us when they see something that does not look right to them.”



Recently, DEC indentified an uncommon bacterial disease in a deer from Warren County. This bacterial disease does not affect humans. However, DEC is seeking additional information to determine the prevalence of this disease in the deer herd and is responding to reports of deer that are acting abnormally. Deer with this bacterial disease may have a swollen head, neck or brisket. They also may exhibit excessive drooling, nasal discharge or respiratory distress. To aid in this investigation, DEC would also like to examine any deer that are found dead from unknown causes.



People should not handle or eat any deer that appears sick or acts abnormally. Sightings of sick, dying or dead deer should be reported to the nearest DEC regional office or an Environmental Conservation Officer or Forest Ranger.



To locate your nearest DEC office, see:
www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:13 AM   #2
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Wasn't there just a report about children sickened by the disorder in MN?
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:23 AM   #3
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is the link to that report available?
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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Here is a link but I can't attest to the veracity of the report.
http://vitals.msnbc.msn.com/_news/20...medium=twitter
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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"January 11, 2012
Report: E. coli-tainted venison sickened MN students in 2010

DownloadedFile-1A 2010 incident just now being made public and reported in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases indicates 29 Minnesota high school students were sicked with a rare type of E. coli food poisoning after preparing and eating venison, including meat from one road-killed deer. The deer were processed at the school and then grilled and eaten in class. MSNBC."
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Old 01-13-2012, 11:27 AM   #6
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One more source:"Abstract:

We investigated an outbreak of non-O157 Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli at a high school in Minnesota, USA, in November 2010. Consuming undercooked venison and not washing hands after handling raw venison were associated with illness. E. coli O103:H2 and non-Shiga toxin–producing E. coli O145:NM were isolated from ill students and venison."

According to Doug Powell, "Epidemiologists interviewed 117 kids in five class periods and found that 29 definitely had become ill, but not with E. coli O157:H7, the strain commonly associated with food poisoning from ground beef.

Rounds suspected the deer might have carried another E. coli strain that also produces poisons known as Shiga toxins. He was right. Samples from the students and the deer meet turned up E. coli O103:H2, which is part of a larger category of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bugs, known as STECs.
Scientists also turned up another E. coli strain, E. coli O145:NM that didn’t produce Shiga toxins."
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