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Eleven Deer Test Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in West Virginia County

From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources

-- Test results have detected the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) agent in a total of 11 white-tailed deer collected during the 2008 spring collections in Hampshire County, West Virginia, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).

All of the deer testing positive for CWD were collected by Wildlife Resources Section personnel working in the Slanesville/Augusta area of the county. No new positive samples were detected in the Yellow Springs area of Hampshire County.
           
These collections have been designed to investigate and determine the prevalence and distribution of the disease in Hampshire County. In addition, wildlife biologists are carefully monitoring changes in the structure of the deer herd within the CWD containment area.
           
The first case of CWD in West Virginia was confirmed Sept. 2, 2005.

To date, CWD surveillance efforts conducted by DNR have resulted in a total of 31 deer being confirmed positive for CWD in Hampshire County. These include 30 deer in the Slanesville/Augusta area and one deer in the Yellow Springs area. Despite ongoing and extensive surveillance efforts being conducted by Wildlife Resources Section personnel throughout West Virginia, CWD has not been detected outside of Hampshire County.

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