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Chronic Wasting Disease Expanding in Northeast Iowa

The Iowa DNR says cases of chronic wasting disease in deer are expanding in northeast Iowa.

Several new cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in test samples submitted from wild deer this hunting season. Tyler Harms leads the program that tracks the disease in deer.

There were two counties that had positive tests for the first time.

And more cases of chronic wasting disease were discovered locally – one more in Dubuque County and two more cases in Clayton counties. That brings Dubuque County’s total cases to two and Clayton County’s total to 15. Harms says the management zones are designed to keep the disease from spreading.

CWD is always fatal to deer. Harms says the tissue testing is part of the overall effort to keep the disease under control.

He says the disease is much more prevalent in some of the states surrounding Iowa.

There have been over one hundred wild Iowa deer that have tested positive for the disease since 2013 when it was first discovered in the state. Chronic wasting disease has not yet been found in Delaware, Jones, Linn, Buchanan or Fayette counties.


story courtesy of Radio Iowa

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