Elk Hoof Disease
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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WSU Elk Hoof Disease Research Candidate Speaks at SPSCC April 12
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Image: Elk grazing in field.
PULLMAN, Washington State University is bringing the fourth of five candidates for a new position as elk hoof disease research leader to Olympia for a public presentation on Thursday, April 12.
The presentation is set for 9 a.m. in the South Puget Sound Community College Lecture Hall, Room 105, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW, in Olympia. The Lecture Hall building is designated as #26 on the SPSCC Olympia Campus map that shows limited parking availability.
The map is available at https://spscc.edu/sites/default/files/imce/about/maps/SPSCC-Campus-Map.pdf .
The candidate, Xavier F. Aguilar, earned his DVM degree in 2009 from Universitat de Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 2017, at the same institution. His research interests are in the ecology of infectious diseases in wildlife and their interactions with both livestock and human health. He currently is a member of the Servei d’Ecopathologia de Fauna Salvatge which conducts research on infectious diseases of hoofed wildlife.
Dr. Aguilar’s talk is entitled, “Integrative approaches to understanding elk hoof disease.” Following his presentation, there will be time for a public question and answer period as well as an opportunity to speak with the candidate.