Elk Hoof Disease

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Elk Hoof Disease



Overview

Elk Hoof Disease is an emerging infectious disease of wild elk populations in the Pacific Northwest. The number of elk with deformed, broken, or missing hooves has increased dramatically in this region in the past decade.

Although elk hoof disease is very likely caused by a combination of many factors, the disease is strongly associated with Treponeme bacteria. This same spiral-shaped bacteria is known to cause a similar disease called digital dermatitis in cattle, sheep and goats.

In 2017, the Washington State Legislature fully funded ($3 million) and mandated Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as the state lead in developing a program to monitor and assess causes of and potential solutions for elk hoof disease. The new program will be incorporated into ongoing programs studying emerging and existing infectious diseases of wildlife occurring where wildlife and domestic animals may affect one another. The university expects to investigate ecological systems that influence the risk of emerging diseases occurring in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans

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News

Scientist chosen to lead studies of elk hoof disease The Columbian - June 14, 2018
WSU College of Veterinary Medicine hires elk hoof disease research leader WSU Insider - June 12, 2018
Elk hoof disease reported in county The Goldendale Sentinel - May 9, 2018
Washington moves to curb elk hoof disease Capital Press - May 9, 2018
Hunters key to combating elk disease Yakima Herald.com - May 9, 2018
Elk Hoof Disease Spreads East The Columbian - May 4, 2018
WDFW finds elk hoof disease in eastern Washington, plans to euthanize elk to contain its spread KHQ.com - April 28, 2018
Keeping an eye on elk herds for incurable hoof disease Yakima Herald.com - April 24, 2018
WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPSCC April 12 WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - April 9, 2018
WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPCC March 29 WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - March 26, 2018
WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPCC March 8 WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - March 2, 2018
WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPCC February 22 WSU College of Veterinary Medicine - February 19, 2018
Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University Veterinary School The Spokesman-Review - January 8, 2018
Elk Hoof Disease: Lots of Data, Few Answers, for Now The Daily Chronicle - August 18, 2017
WSU convenes first elk-hoof disease meeting The Spokesman-Review - July 13, 2017
WSU Elk Hoof Disease Committee has First Meeting WSU Insider - July 12, 2017
WSU: Elk hoof disease will not be easy fix The Columbian - June 1, 2017