In 2015, CWD cases in Pennsylvania more than doubled in a single year.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently released its annual deer survey and revealed that 12 whitetail deer were infected with CWD, or Chronic Wasting Disease, in 2015.
The fatal neurological disease, as reported by Penn Live, increased the “total count of free-ranging deer that have been found in the state since 2012 to 22.” Found both wild and in captive deer herds, the total more than doubled after 2015’s sadly record year.
The 12 deer confirmed with CWD were located in Disease Management Area 2 and has since been expanded by 437 square miles. This is one of three DMAs in the state. Of the 5,645 deer tested for the disease, CWD was found only in 12, which is a fairly solid number.
While it is relatively low, thankfully, there are concerns that it could spread rapidly since it is highly contagious.