Chronic wasting disease found in deer in southern Arkansas


YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA – AUGUST 28: Two deer graze in a Yosemite Valley field on August 28, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. As the Rim Fire continues to burn on the western edge of Yosemite National Park, the valley floor of the park remains open. The Rim Fire has charred more than 190,000 acres of forest and is currently 30 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

STRONG, Ark. (AP) – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission reports the deadly chronic wasting disease has been found in a deer harvested in southern Arkansas near the Louisiana state line.

The commission said Thursday that the deer was taken in the Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge in Union County and a sample was confirmed with the fatal disease.

The commission says the source of the disease is unknown as the nearest known positive case was in Issaquena County, Mississippi, and is more than 200 miles from the nearest known positive case in Arkansas.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are no reported cases of CWD infection in humans, but recommends not eating infected meat.

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