Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software

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The Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software allows the user to track the occurrence, persistence, or spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in free ranging white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in select states and provinces in the eastern United States (US) and Canada (CAN). The Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software was adapted from the Wildlife Disease Positives Software (Mitchell et al. 2021) to display pooled data and results up to the continental scale. The R scripts of the Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software contain a sequential network of commands that format the geospatial files and surveillance (testing) data, then launch the user interface (UI) of the interactive software to depict pooled results at the continental scale. The Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software packet includes (redacted) disease testing data from a select assortment of United States wildlife agencies: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin and Canadian provincial agencies: Ontario. While the Regional Wildlife Disease Positives Software was designed for use by state and provincial agencies to track chronic wasting disease (CWD) in white-tailed deer from 2013-2025, the software is easily adaptable to other wildlife diseases in other states or provinces, in different years, and/or in differing wildlife species.

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This software is being shared under a MIT license. Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions: The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software. THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.


Financial support comes from (1) Michigan Disease Initiative – Optimizing CWD Surveillance: Regional Synthesis of Demographic, Spatial, and Transmission-Risk Factors (2019); (2) Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Modeling Risk of Infection for Individually Harvested Deer & Estimating Prevalence When Sampling is Limited (2020); (3) Michigan Disease Initiative - SOP4CWD Dashboard: A Web Application for Disease Visualization and Data-Driven Decisions (2020); (4) Multistate Conservation Grant Program - Surveillance Optimization Project for Chronic Wasting Disease: Streamlining a Web Application for Disease Visualization and Data-Driven Decisions (2021).

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Chronic Wasting Disease; CWD; Odocoileus virginianus; White-tailed deer; Wildlife Disease


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