Four deer on a quarantine in the Crow Wing County have been found to be infected with a virulent fatal…
Four deer on a quarantine in the Crow Wing County have been found to be infected with a virulent fatal disease, state officials said on Friday.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was discovered in a nine-year female mule, an 18-year-old female whitetail deer, a two-year male whitetail deer and a two year old female mule deer on the central Minnesota farm, announced the Minnesota Board of Animal Health in a Friday press release. 19659002] In 2016, two deer from the farm were tested positive for the disease and the farm was quarantine. It has been supervised by the Board since December 2016. No deer may leave or enter the farm near Merrifield.
“We have been working with the crew owner for the past two years to monitor deer and look for new discovery of the disease,” said Linda Glaser, deputy head of health committee, in the press release. “The biggest change that follows this new discovery is to prolong our deadline for monitoring the crew. “
CWD is a heart disease and moose family caused by an abnormally shaped protein that damages brain and nerve tissue. The fatal disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and moose push the protein into saliva, stools, urine and other liquids or tissues.
After the first case was confirmed in 201
6, the State Natural Resources Department began a three-year sampling process of wild deer near the farm. Currently in its second year, the study has not found the disease in any wild deer.
This weekend, under the the first days of the shooter’s hunting season, DNR tested hunter-deer in the county for CWD. These results are not yet available.
Lou Cornicelli, DNR’s Research Director, said that the last four cases did not change how DNR conducted the sampling this weekend, but DNR staff and the board will decide if they need to monitor the wild crew for a fourth year.
“We appreciate all the co-hunters who gave us during this opening weekend with surveillance in the Crow Wing County,” said Cornicelli.