Department of Conservation finds first case of CWD in southwest Missouri

7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago Friday, November 30 2018 Nov 30, 2018 Friday, November 30, 2018 9:45:00 AM CST November 30, 2018 in News
By: David Estrada, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that a young buck harvested in Stone County in early November has tested positive for the deadly chronic wasting disease (CWD).

This is the first detection of CWD in Stone County and the first detection in the far southwest region of the state, according to the Department of Conservation. 

The department also reports 10 other deer have tested positive for CWD this season with one from Adair County, four from Franklin County, one from Jefferson County, three from Macon County, and one from Oregon County.

The 11 new positives for the season bring the total cases of CWD in Missouri to 86. 

The yearling white-tailed buck was harvested on private land the opening weekend of the November firearms deer season near Reeds Spring, approximately 15 miles from the Arkansas border.

The positive test result is from one of more than 20,000 tissue samples collected by MDC from hunter-harvested deer during its mandatory CWD sampling efforts in 31 counties, this fall. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no known cases of CWD infecting people. In areas with CWD, the CDC recommends hunters strongly consider having their harvested deer tested for CWD before eating the meat. The CDC also recommends not consuming an animal that tests positive for the disease.

MDC continues to offer voluntary statewide CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer through the remainder of the deer hunting season at MDC regional offices, participating taxidermists and meat processors.

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