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New cervid tuberculosis tests approved for use in Wisconsin
February 13, 2013

Contact: Raechelle Cline, 608-224-5005 or Jim Dick, Communications Director, 608-224-5020

MADISON –State animal health officials announced today that two new serologic tests for detecting tuberculosis (TB) in deer and elk are now approved for use in Wisconsin. The Cervid TB Stat-Pak and Dual Path Platform (DPP) tests now meet state and federal regulatory requirements as an alternative method of testing the captive cervids living on more than 513 deer farms across the state.

“The new tests are an improvement over traditional skin testing because they are easier to perform and more precise,” says Secretary Ben Brancel, head of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).  “Our intent is to make it easier for the state’s deer farmers to maintain a healthy industry here in Wisconsin.”

Traditional skin testing requires animals to be restrained between two to four times to inject and read a primary and secondary test, if required.  The new tests require only one restraint for collection of a blood sample, which can be used for both primary and secondary testing purposes.  In addition, the new tests have demonstrated greater accuracy and specificity that meets or exceeds current skin testing methods now used in Wisconsin. 

USDA and DATCP require that sample collection for both tests be performed by approved cervid TB accredited veterinarians.  These veterinarians must complete USDA training on sample collection and test submission before being authorized to submit samples for testing.  A list of approved veterinarians can be found at http://datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Deer_Farming/index.aspx.  Veterinarians interested in becoming approved providers can find a link to the USDA training at http://datcp.wi.gov/Animals/Veterinarians/Accreditation_and_Certification_Training/index.aspx.

For more information about deer farming in Wisconsin, visit datcp.wi.gov.  You can also connect with us on Twitter at twitter.com/widatcp or Facebook at facebook.com/widatcp.

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