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CWD Infected Deer Found in Illinois County Previously Unaffected By Disease

White Tailed Deer

A deer harvested this winter in Will County, Ill. has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The CWD infected deer is the first case of the disease in Will County, reported Chicago Now. The deer was harvested during a culling program that took place earlier this winter in the Kankakee Sands Preserve east of Braidburg.

The news of the CWD infected deer in Will County is troubling, because it signals the disease is spreading to previously unaffected areas.

Chronic Wasting Disease was first discovered in Illinois in November of 2002. CWD infected deer have been found in a number of counties throughout northern Illinois. Since June 2013, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has reported 408 cases of CWD cases.

Since 2002, CWD infected deer have migrated from northern Illinois into southern Wisconsin. There, the disease is most concentrated in two regions near the Illinois border.

RELATED: Chronic wasting disease is on the rise in two Wisconsin counties. 

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal malady that destroys the nervous systems of deer, moose and elk. Symptoms of the disease include weight loss, unusual behavior and loss of regular bodily functions. There is no clear evidence to suggest that the disease can affects humans.

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CWD Infected Deer Found in Illinois County Previously Unaffected By Disease