TN deer near Shoals test positive for chronic wasting disease

State is increasing surveillance on deer health

TN deer near Shoals test positive for chronic wasting disease
(Source: WAFF)

(WAFF) - The Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Division reports that deer near county lines in the Shoals have tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Officials confirm 10 deer in Hardeman and Fayette counties in Tennessee have CWD. The easternmost cases fall within 50 miles of the Lauderdale County and Colbert County.

In response, Alabama wildlife officials will increase sampling surveillance efforts within Lauderdale and Colbert counties through standard methods of sampling hunter-harvested deer, roadkill deer and reports of any sick deer.

The Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Division posted a Facebook video about the disease from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Ten deer in Fayette and Hardeman counties have been confirmed as positive with chronic wasting disease (CWD). Three more deer have tested preliminarily positive this week from the same counties. The TWRA Commission is meeting this morning at 11:00 to discuss possible responses as outlined in the CWD Response Plan. Find all up to date details at CWDinTennessee.com

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Thursday, December 20, 2018

CWD is a prion disease only found in deer. The Centrs for Disease Control and prevention reports that it can cause drastic weight loss, neurological problems and even death.

There have been no reported cases of CWD infections in people, but studies indicate there could be a risk factor for human who come in contact, according to the D=CC.

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