According to a release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the state has become the 23rd to be hit with the fatal deer ailment referred to as chronic wasting disease.
News outlets have reported the positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer on a deer farm in New Oxford in Adams County. The department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer in Williamsport and Dover. The quarantine prevents movement of animals on and off the premises.
An interagency CWD task force is in place to address the threat of the disease to Pennsylvania’s captive and wild cervid populations and includes the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The task force is currently following a Chronic Wasting Disease Response Plan to prevent further spread of this devastating disease to the state’s captive and wild cervid populations.
CWD is a progressive, fatal disease of the nervous system of cervid animals including deer, elk and moose. CWD is not believed to be transmissible to humans.