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April 18, 2013

Maryland Deer Test Negative for Chronic Wasting Disease

by Martha

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports that all of the 278 samples taken from white-tailed deer this season tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).

These samples bring the overall total of deer tested in Maryland to 7,761. The first and only deer in the State to test positive for CWD was harvested in 2010 in Allegany County.

There is no evidence that CWD poses any risk to pets, livestock or people however,  hunters should still exercise caution and never eat meat from, sick animals.

The Department began testing for CWD in 1999, but since 2010 has focused its sampling efforts on Allegany and western Washington counties, due to the presence of positive cases in nearby Virginia and West Virginia. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently discovered three wild deer with CWD in the counties north of Allegany County, Maryland. Two captive deer tested positive in Pennsylvania in 2012 near Gettysburg.

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