Date lodged: 16 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what work it has commissioned to determine the level of susceptibility of the deer population to the prion condition, chronic wasting disease.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 April 2018
The first European cases of chronic wasting disease were reported from Norway in 2016. The Scottish Government has been keeping abreast of developments with chronic wasting disease for more than 3 years. This has included coordinating work on advice to the deer sector with Scottish Natural Heritage, and on risk assessments and research with the UK Government and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.
As part of this coordination Scottish Government are aware of Defra supported research on the susceptibility of deer species across Great Britain to chronic wasting disease.