(Harrisburg) -- The state Game Commission says it's detected chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer for the first time in a year.
The game commission says the positive sample came from a one-and-half-year-old buck struck on Interstate 99 in Bedford County in November.
"It's not as if we hope to find CWD positives as we continue our ongoing surveillance," Game Commission Executive DirectorCarl G. Roe says. "But the fact is that each test result that comes back – positive or negative – gives us a clearer picture of how prevalent the disease is, and monitoring for CWD is an important part of our efforts to manage its spread."
It says the positive test is unlikely to have much impact on hunters.
The buck was killed within a 900-square-mile disease management area (DMA) that includes two sites where chronic wasting disease was previously detected. Two DMA's are in effect in the state in an effort to to contain and slow the spread of CWD.
The buck that tested positive December 24th was killed within what is known as DMA 2, a 900-square-mile area that includes parts of Bedford, Blair,Cambria and Huntingdon counties. The other, known as DMA 1, is in York and Adams counties.
Some deer samples collected in 2013 haven't been tested.
The state Department of Agriculture announced Pennsylvania's first known case in 2012, from a three-year-old captive doe in Adams County.
After that, two deer killed in Blair County and one in Bedford County by hunters during the 2012 season tested positive.
This story was updated at 5:51 p.m. on 1/2/14
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