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Federal lab confirms Minnesota deer CWD diagnosis

From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

-- A national laboratory has verified that the sample from a southeastern Minnesota white-tailed deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The finding by the National Veterinary Services Laboratory at Ames, Iowa, had been expected and confirms a preliminary diagnosis by the University of Minnesota.

The DNR announced Jan. 21 that a deer harvested by an archer in November 2010 near Pine Island likely would test positive for CWD, a fatal brain disease that affects deer, elk and moose but not cattle or humans.

The DNR is implementing a CWD response plan, the first step of which involves an aerial survey of deer numbers in the Pine Island area. During the next two weeks, DNR will work with landowners, collecting additional information, and will share plans and findings at a public meeting in February.

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