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Alabama keeping an eye on CWD cases in Mississippi

Alabama wildlife officials are keeping an eye on the latest cases of chronic wasting disease found in several deer in Mississippi.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2018 12:50 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) - Alabama wildlife officials are keeping an eye on the latest cases of chronic wasting disease found in several deer in Mississippi.

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, a second deer has tested positive for the disease in Issaquena County from initial testing.

Issaquena County is located near Vicksburg.

Another case was recently confirmed in Pontotoc County.

This raises the concern of Alabama officials due to the fact it is located close to the state’s border.

“With the Pontotoc deer being within the 50-mile radius of Alabama, we’re doing exactly what we said we would do in our response plan,” said WFF Director Chuck Sykes.

He says it’s been illegal to bring a live deer into Alabama since the early 1970s. It’s been illegal to bring a carcass in from a CWD-positive state for three years.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal disease affecting the central nervous systems of deer and elk.

MORE: Learn more about chronic wasting disease here 

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Alabama wildlife officials say CWD is not known to be transmissible to humans or domestic livestock.

Can people eat infected deer?

“No case of human disease has been directly linked to CWD. Examination of the available data has led to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to conclude that there is no scientific evidence of CWD infecting humans.”

However, as a precaution, the World Health Organization recommends people or other animals not eat parts of a deer diagnosed with CWD.

Hunters are recommended to consider testing deer taken from areas where CWD is known to exist before eating the meat.

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