Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Three-Year-Old Farmed White-Tailed Deer

Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in a farmed white-tailed deer in Mecosta County, says Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The infected three-year-old deer was found through routine testing in Michigan’s CWD surveillance program. MDARD says they are investigating to rule out if there were any other CWD exposures in the farmed deer.

CWD is a deadly neurological disease that affects different cervid species, which includes white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It can be spread directly from one animal to another, and indirectly through the environment.

Although an infected animal may look healthy for months or even years, MDARD says it will eventually show abnormal behavior, weight loss and physical dehabilitation in later stages of CWD.

Since 2008, CWD has been found at ten state cervid farms in Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo Counties.

There have been no reported cases of CWD in humans, but as a precaution, the CDC and WHO has recommended not to eat any CWD-infected animals.

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