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Pennsylvania Deer Tests Positive for CWD

A Pennsylvania deer tests positive for CWD, the latest in several cases making news over the course of the season.

Rounding out a year that contained a handful of Chronic Wasting Disease stories, a whitetail deer hit by a vehicle on Interstate 99 in Pennsylvania has tested positive for the brain-afflicting disease. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the deer was hit by a vehicle in Bedford County in November.

Previous cases this year include a string of deer from area hunting ranches in Missouri being infected and starting a local debate on fence heights, as well as the first case of CWD reported in Wisconsin in the past five years, closely followed by yet another Wisconsin deer testing positive for the disease.

Tests for the Pennsylvania deer returned positive on December 24, and the first case of CWD that was reported in Pennsylvania was in 2012 at a captive facility in Adams County.

During the 2012 hunting season later that year, three deer killed in Blair and Bedford counties tested positive for the disease, WHTM-ABC 27 reports.

According to the Game Commission, the deer that was hit fell within the disease management area that includes parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties.

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While there is no evidence that deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease can transfer the disease to humans, the DNR does not recommend eating meat from deer that have been contaminated.

Read more about CWD found in Wisconsin deer.

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Pennsylvania Deer Tests Positive for CWD