Chronic wasting disease (CWD) potential economic impact on cervid farming in Alberta

  • Arnot C
  • Laate E
  • Unterschultz J
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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was found in wild deer populations in the province of Alberta, Canada, in 2005, and there is concern that this finding could create significant costs related to the farmed elk and deer industry. These potential costs or "values at risk" can be used to assess the economic returns from CWD containment and eradication programs. Cost estimates of CWD to cervid farms range from $12 million for additional farm fencing to hundreds of millions of dollars in payments by governments to discontinue cervid farming.

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