Chronic Wasting Disease Shows Up in Dubuque County Deer

For the first time, chronic wasting disease has showed up in deer in Dubuque County.

The Iowa DNR says a tissue sample collected from a road-killed deer about two and a half miles southeast of the Dubuque city limits tested positive.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that attacks the brains of infected deer, causing the animal to lose weight, act abnormally, lose body functions and eventually die. The disease was first confirmed in Iowa in Allamakee County in 2013.

Fourteen tissue samples from wild Iowa deer recently tested positive for chronic wasting disease – along with the one in Dubuque County, there were also four in Clayton County.

The DNR says deer hunters in Dubuque County should take note that chronic wasting disease has shown up in the area. The DNR has scheduled a public meeting on January 17th in Peosta to discuss the status of the disease in Iowa and how deer hunters can help stop or slow the spread of the disease – that meeting will begin at 6:30 pm Thursday at the Peosta Community Center.