Chronic Wasting Disease close to Alabama

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(WKRG) — Hunters beware! Chronic Wasting Disease has been located nearly 50 miles from the Alabama border.  A second deer in the lower Mississippi Delta in Issaquena County tested positive for CWD last week.  The first case was found in January in the same location.  But there have also been cases in north and central parts of Mississippi, the first in Pontotoc County .

“In Hunters in multiple counties in Alabama are now on alert.  The top official at Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater and the event it does come here, we are fully prepared to address it to minimize the risk,” says an official with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater and Fisheries. 

Here’s some additional information about CWD:

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) of mule deerwhite-tailed deerelk (or “wapiti”), moose, and caribou. As of 2016, CWD had been found in members of the deer family only.[1] First recognized as a clinical “wasting” syndrome in 1967 in mule deer in a wildlife research facility in northern ColoradoUSA, it was identified as a TSE in 1978 and has spread to free-ranging and captive populations in 23 US states and two Canadian provinces.[2] CWD is typified by chronic weight loss leading to death. No relationship is known between CWD and any other TSEs of animals or people.

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