That’s good news for Ohio deer hunters, but it doesn’t mean the coast is clear.
For the 12th consecutive year, Ohio biologists did not find Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer during statewide tests for the disease.
Biologists tested 753 tissue samples from road kill deer and 88 samples collected by hunters from September 2013 through March 2014.
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Luckily, none of the samples tested positive for the fatal deer malady.
That’s good news for Ohio deer hunters, though it doesn’t necessarily mean CWD isn’t already within state’s borders.
CWD is a growing problem in nearby states like Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania. It could potentially spill over into Ohio.
The DNR Division of Wildlife will continue to monitor deer for the disease throughout the year.
CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects mule deer, whitetail, elk and moose.
The risk of CWD transmission to humans is low. Although, a 2004 study by the Center for Disease Control showed that prolonged exposure to the disease might lead to human infection.
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