Officials: 7 deer from Crow Wing County farm test positive for CWD

Officials: 7 deer from Crow Wing County farm test positive for CWD Photo: KSTP

May 08, 2019 12:18 PM

Seven deer from a Crow Wing County deer farm tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to a release from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH).

The BAH said a total of 102 deer were removed from the farm and sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Veterinary Service Laboratory for testing.

"The results give us a clearer picture of the disease prevalence on the farm as we continue our efforts to contain and eliminate any remaining infectious CWD prions in the enclosed property," Board Assistant Director Dr. Linda Glaser said. 

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The BAH describes CWD as a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein - a prion - which can damage brain and nerve tissue.

The disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed prions in saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues. CWD is not known to naturally occur in other animals.

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