From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
-- Nebraska is experiencing an increase in the number of deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease, as well as a wider distribution. There were a record 51 positives in 2010.
CWD is a disease that can affect deer and elk and is always fatal to the affected animal. Humans have never been known to contract CWD.
There were 3,645 lymph node samples collected from deer harvested during the November firearm season. The 51 positives were the most in Nebraska in one year.
The counties with the highest number of positives were Sioux, 11; Sheridan, 7; Dawes, 6; Garden, 6; Box Butte, 4; Scotts Bluff, 4; and Morrill, 3.
There were two positives each in Banner and Hitchcock counties and one each in Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Loup, Cherry, and Hall counties. The counties in which CWD was found for the first time are: Hitchcock, Hooker, Lincoln and Loup.
No elk tested positive for CWD in 2010.