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PA deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

Updated: Thursday, January 2 2014, 11:34 AM CST
Posted by: Ashley Arnold (

A white-tailed deer in Pennsylvania has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The 1-and-a-half-year-old buck was hit and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 99 in Bedford County, back in November.

The deer was sent for testing and the results came in on December 24th, stating the buck was CWD positive, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

“But the fact is
that each test result that comes back – positive or negative – gives us a
clearer picture of how prevalent the disease is, and monitoring for CWD
is an important part of our efforts to manage its spread," said Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe

The Game Commission says this positive test is unlikely to have much impact on hunters, but it is a reminder that CWD has been found in Central Pennsylvania, specifically in Adams and York counties.

This is the first case of CWD detected in Pennsylvania this year, but not all of the samples collected have been tested yet.

CWD is a deadly disease that is spread from deer to deer through direct and indirect contact.

It attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose, and will eventually kill the animal.

CWD is not known to be transmitted to humans, but officials remind hunters that it is not safe to eat meat from the infected animals.

PA deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease

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