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Meeting will focus on CWD prevention in state’s deer

News Release

Monday, July 22, 2013

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a public meeting Aug. 8 in Gainesville to discuss possible options for minimizing the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD) coming into Florida.

The meeting is at the Paramount Plaza Hotel, 2900 S.W. 13th Street, Ballroom A/B, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

CWD is not known to affect people but is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose. The disease is always fatal, and there is no known cure or vaccine. So far, the disease has been discovered in 22 states, two Canadian provinces and South Korea.

The meeting will begin with a presentation by Commission staff on the significance of CWD and will include a discussion on possible solutions for minimizing the risk of the disease being brought into the state.

For more information, contact Curtis Brown at Curtis.Brown@MyFWC.com or 850-617-9490. For more information on CWD, go to www.CWD-info.org.

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least five days before the workshop/meeting by contacting the ADA coordinator at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).



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