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Missouri testing shows no new CWD cases

From Missouri Department of Conservation

-- Test results of 3,666 free-ranging deer harvested during and after Missouri’s 2013 deer-hunting season, show no additional cases of chronic wasting disease in the state’s free-ranging deer.

The total number of confirmed cases in Missouri free-ranging deer remains limited to 10 found in 2012 and early 2013. All were from a small area of northwest Macon County near where CWD was confirmed in 10 captive deer in 2012 at a private hunting preserve. Missouri’s first case of CWD was discovered in 2010 in a captive deer at private hunting facility in southeast Linn County owned by the same private hunting preserve.

“While I am cautiously optimistic that these latest test results suggest our efforts to limit the spread of CWD, the threat of this disease remains significant,” according Kelly Straka, State Wildlife Veterinarian. “Continued surveillance is important.”

Of the 3,666 deer tested, 1,520 were from Department’s CWD Containment Zone of Chariton, Randolph, Macon, Linn, Sullivan, and Adair counties. Of the 1,520, 206 were from the 30-square-mile CWD Core Area around the private hunting preserve in Macon County where cases of the disease were discovered in captive deer.

The remaining 2,146 test samples were gathered from deer harvested outside of the six-county Containment Zone as part of MDC’s ongoing statewide sampling effort.

For more information on what Missouri is doing to limit the spread of CWD, visit mdc.mo.gov/node/16478.

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