Treatment and Control

There is no treatment for CWD, it is fatal in all cases.  CWD transmission can be controlled by limiting contact between infected and non-infected animals.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are both exploring avenues of management regarding CWD free-ranging white-tailed deer and elk surveillance, interstate privately owned cervid import restrictions and CWD testing requirements for suspect animals.

For more information about how Michigan is working to prevent CWD from infecting Michigan's wild cervid populations and control CWD in deer and elk facilities, see the  Michigan Surveillance and Response Plan for CWD of Free-ranging and Privately Owned/Captive Cervids Contingency Plan (PDF).