Episode 3 - Chronic Wasting Disease

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In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, we’ll be talking about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal and contagious wildlife disease that affects animals in the deer family and is of great concern in North America. USGS science is helping wildlife managers across the U.S. address this ominous disease.

Episode 3 - Chronic Wasting Disease


Ecosystems Podcast Series Episode 3 artwork

Ecosystems Podcast Series Episode 3 artwork.  Image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  

(Public domain.)

Episode title: Chronic Wasting Disease - Oh, Deer

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Interviewee: Camille Hopkins, Wildlife Disease Coordinator, USGS Ecosystems Mission Area & Bryan Richards, Emerging Disease Coordinator, USGS National Wildlife Health Center

Writer: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Narrator: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Producer: Marisa Lubeck, USGS Public Affairs Specialist

Music: The Green Hillside by Martin Fitzpatrick (used with permission).

Original artwork: Jeffrey Kemp and image courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife service


More on Chronic Wasting Disease research can be found at these USGS Centers:


Map of North America showing locations where chronic wasting disease has been detected.

Distribution of Chronic Wasting Disease in North America, updated September 4, 2020.

(Credit: Bryan Richards, USGS National Wildlife Health Center. Public domain.)



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