First-ever case of Chronic Wasting Disease in PA found in midstate

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Oct 12, 2012 11:25 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The first-ever case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Pennsylvania has been confirmed in a captive deer in the midstate.

The State Game Commission has quarantined the farm in New Oxford, Adams County where the deer died last month.

The state put similar measures in place at farms in Dover, York County and Williamsport, Lycoming County.

The fear is the disease that's fatal for deer, moose and elk could spread to those locations due to links to the Adams County farm.

Game Commission Wildlife Management Director Calvin DuBrock says the next steps in the process are being reviewed.

"We're just beginning those discussions, looking at this particular positive case and whether we'll designate a disease management area around this case where we'd be doing additional sampling and working with sportsmen to collect deer and deer parts," DuBrock says.

The Game Commission is urging hunters to report any deer that may exhibit symptoms of CWD -- like stumbling, trembling and excessive salivation.

No scientific evidence exists that humans can contract the disease, but experts recommend using precautions like rubber gloves when field-dressing deer, even if deer appear healthy.

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