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Deer hunters are being asked to take caution with Chronic Wasting Disease

The second case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Mississippi was confirmed in November 2018.

Posted: Jan. 5, 2019 8:26 PM
Updated: Jan. 7, 2019 9:12 AM

ECRU, Miss. (WTVA) - The second case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Mississippi was confirmed in November 2018.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is asking deer hunters to voluntarily submit samples of their deer meat.

There will be a drop-off station on Jan. 6 at the Highway 465 and 61 junction at the Onward Store.

Officials are urging the public to have their deer meat tested before consumption.

“Chronic wasting disease is a disease that affects deer and other deer-like animals," MDWFP Wildlife Biologist Rick Hamrick said. “As of right now, there has been no confirmed link to any human health concern. But again, there is still a lot of things we don’t know about the disease. So again, we urge caution.”

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