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CWD found in Winona County deer

Routine test leads to disease investigation.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017 3:43 PM
Updated: Nov. 22, 2017 3:49 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Chronic wasting disease has been found on a Winona County farm.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says routine sampling found a positive test result in a three-year-old white-tailed buck. The farmed herd has been quarantined and a disease investigation has been started. The Board says this is a registered herd with 10 years of records and what it calls a “good history” of CWD surveillance.

“This herd is a good example of why dedicated, routine, CWD surveillance is important, and producers should never become complacent with the Board’s testing requirements,” said Dr. Linda Glaser, Board of Animal Health assistant director and cervid program manager. “Those testing and movement records will significantly aid in our CWD investigation of this herd.”

The Board says its next step is tracking the movement of deer into and out of this herd over the last five years. The only other herd currently quarantined in Minnesota due to CWD, an incurable brain and nerve disease fatal to deer and elk, is in Crow Wing County.

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