JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A young deer recently collected in Pontotoc County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from initial testing.
The 1.5-year-old male white-tailed deer was collected on October 8.
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says this is the second animal in the state testing positive for the disease, which is fatal to white-tailed deer.
A sample will be shipped to the National Veterinary Sciences Laboratory in Iowa for an additional, definitive test.
The state department encourages hunters to assist with CWD monitoring efforts by voluntarily submitting samples for testing.
CWD is a contagious neurological disease affecting deer, elk and moose.
Though many observers try to compare CWD to “mad cow disease”, the diseases are distinctly different.
“Currently, there is no evidence that CWD poses a risk for humans; however, public health officials recommend the human exposure to the CWD infectious agent be avoided as they continue to evaluate any potential health risk."
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