CWD Found in Deer in Previously Uninfected Area

Officials have discovered chronic wasting disease in yet another deer but in a previously unaffected area, and are awaiting the test results from about 2,500 other deer to see if the fatal disease is found anywhere else.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture discovered through tests that a deer on a deer farm in Reynoldsville, which is in Jefferson County, had CWD. It was the seventh deer discovered in Pennsylvania with the disease since 2012. The deer was 5 years old.

The farm in Jefferson County and another in Northampton County have been quarantined, according to the state Agriculture Department. No deer can be moved on or off either property.

An investigation is continuing, and additional herds may be quarantined, the department’s news release stated.

Chronic wasting disease has been discovered in more than two dozen U.S. states and Canadian provinces. It was first discovered in Colorado, and since then has moved east through the Midwest and Northeast. It has not been detected in the Southeast.

Read the full story about the Pennsylvania situation in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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