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No Expansion of CWD Found in Latest Tests

2009 Firearm Positives
The blue dots represent locations of deer harvested during the November 2008 firearm season that tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

-- Twenty-two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in November, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. More than 4,900 deer were tested. The positive tests do not represent an expansion of the disease in Nebraska.

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.

The Commission tested deer harvested by hunters during the November firearm season.

"A total of 22 deer tested positive for the disease, and all of the positive tests were from deer harvested within the endemic area, with no new expansion of the disease detected," said Bruce Trindle, wildlife disease specialist in the Commission's Norfolk district office.

"The prevalence of CWD in deer tested over the past three years has been less than 1 percent, and the distribution of the disease has expanded very slowly."

The Commission confirmed CWD in the state's deer population in 2000. To date, 156 free ranging deer have tested positive for CWD through the Commission's surveillance program, which has sampled more than 38,000 deer. CWD has never been detected in the Nebraska wild elk population. The Commission plans on continuing its diligent testing of Nebraska's deer herds for this disease.

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