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Science and the Environment

UPDATE: Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri

Bob MacInnis

Out of 7700 free-ranging deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease in Missouri during last fall and winter, seven were confirmed positive for CWD.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, three were from Adair County, two from Macon County, one from Linn County and one from Franklin County.

The new cases bring the total number of Missouri free-ranging deer that have tested positive for CWD to 33 since the disease was first discovered in the state in 2010.

MDC says Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of the brain. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100?percent fatal. 

The department will require hunters in its 29-county CWD management zones to present their deer to be tested for the disease this coming fall and winter.  Those counties are Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Crawford, Cole, Cooper, Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Putnam, St. Charles, St. Louis, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, Sullivan, Washington and Warren.

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