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Chronic wasting disease is a brain-deteriorating disease that affects cervidae (species including elk, deer). The disease falls in the same category as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, commonly known as "mad cow" disease). CWD is not known to exist in Indiana's free-roaming (wild) and farm-raised (captive) populations. However, the presence of CWD in other, western states has raised concern among Indiana's animal health community. All cervids brought into Indiana must meet specific herd health requirements to prevent the entry of CWD into the Hoosier state.
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved new federal rules pertaining to chronic wasting disease and the movement of cervids. Indiana had to modify current state rules in order to meet the new federal standards. The following documents provide detailed information on the changes, which took effect July 22, 2013.