Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found in Huntingdon County Escaped Deer

Last week, the department confirmed that Chronic Wasting Disease was not found in another deer known by its farm tag as “Pink 23,” also part of the original herd.

As the investigation continues, the department will implement herd plans for the remaining quarantined farms.

To date, the department has quarantined 24 farms in 12 counties that have been identified as being associated with the herd where the positive deer were found. Under the current quarantine, deer cannot be moved on or off those quarantined premises.

Chronic Wasting Disease attacks the brains of infected antlered animals such as deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal.

There is no evidence that humans or livestock can get the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from hunter-harvested deer and elk and those that appear sick or behave abnormally. Since 1998, the commission has tested more than 38,000 free-ranging deer and elk and all have been not detected for the disease.

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture