In partnership with the Circumarctic Rangifer Monitoring and Assessment (CARMA) network and northern wildlife agencies we are examining caribou brains for CWD. The obex is collected through the foramen magnum using a plastic spatula and then frozen until it can be examined by Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Lethbridge.


A single section of brain (Bathhurst herd n=13) or a single section of tonsil/lymph node and a single section of brain (Porcupine herd n=13)  were stained with F99 antibody for prion protein.  No evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease was detected.



Susan Kutz
Associate Professor
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Dr NW
Calgary, AB, Canada  T2N 4N1
E: skutz 'at'
Tel: 403-210-7862


Catherine Graham
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 3Z4
Phone: (403) 382-5527  
Email: grahamc'at'