Chronic wasting disease has now been confirmed in wild deer from Fayette County and three other counties in Iowa.
It brings the number of Iowa counties that have tested positive for the disease to eight, with Dubuque and Clayton counties on that list.
DNR spokesman Mick Klemesrud says they get samples from hunters throughout the season.
Chronic wasting disease attacks the brain of the deer and it’s always fatal. Klemesrud says the DNR will continue its effort to slow down the spread.
It is not believed that humans can contract C-W-D by eating venison – however, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that when hunting in areas with CWD, hunters strongly consider having the deer tested before they eat the meat.
The DNR plans to schedule meetings in these new Chronic wasting disease areas in the next few months to discuss chronic wasting disease, their response and the role hunters play in helping them manage this disease.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa