Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a progressive, fatal, degenerative disease of the brain of free ranging or farmed ungulates (elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer). While CWD and BSE are both from the group of related diseases called TSEs, it is important to note that they are not the same disease and have differences in mode of transmission and symptoms. Also, CWD is not known to affect humans.

Chronic wasting disease is a provincially reportable disease for domestic cervids.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) of Elk and Deer

  • Fact sheet about chronic wasting disease, the clinical signs, how it is spread, and information about where it has occurred and what happens when it is diagnosed in a herd of cervids.

Import protocol for farmed elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer (PDF, 700 KB)

  • Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian must be informed and an application to import for slaughter must be submitted for farmed elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer from Saskatchewan.