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Chronic Wasting Disease suspected in Marshall County deer

Another deer in Mississippi has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2018 3:24 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Another deer in Mississippi has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The free-range, 1.5-year-old male white-tailed deer was collected on November 23 in Marshall County.

This was from initial testing. A sample will be sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Iowa for an additional, definitive test.

This is the first animal to test positive for the disease in Marshall County.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is encouraging hunters to assist with CWD monitoring efforts by voluntarily submitting samples for tests.

MORE: Here's how you can provide samples

CWD affects cervids such as white-tailed deer, elk and mule deer. The disease is fatal to those animals.

According to MDWFP, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans. However, it is recommended that people avoid contact with infected animals.

The other cases were in Issaquena County and Pontotoc County.

MORE: Information about Chronic Wasting Disease 

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