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Deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease in UP

Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that a fatal neurological disease in deer has become the first time on the…

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources says that a fatal neurological disease in deer has become the first time on the upper peninsula.

The 4-year death was discovered about four miles from the Wisconsin border in Dickinson County.

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a fatal neurological disease found in deer, moose and elk. The disease attacks the brain of an infected animal, which causes small lesions, resulting in neurological symptoms. The disease is always lethal to animals that agree on it.

So far, no cases of CWD infection have been reported in humans.

“We take immediate action to deal with this situation on the Upper Peninsula. In the short term, enhanced testing and active monitoring are prioritized to better understand where the disease exists,” said Russ Mason, director of the DNR Wildlife Division.

State Wildlife Officials have supervised that part of Western U.P. Close to signs CWD is given problems Wisconsin has had with the disease.

There is concern that the disease can spread in the UP, partly due to deer winter migration patterns that often cause deer to accumulate in large numbers.

“These … natural concentrations of deer can potentially increase the spread of disease, says Chad Stewart, a DNR advisor for deer management.

There is no vaccine for CWD. State Wildlife officials hope to contain the outbreak. [19659003] Around 10 miles of core area has been established, centered on the Waucedah Township. Within this area, the DNR has set a goal to test a minimum of 600 deer to better determine the extent of possibly infected deer.

State Wildlife Professionals have done this before. 19659003] In recent years, 63 cases of CWD have occurred on the Lower Peninsula. Infected deer has been found in Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm Counties.

25 states and three Canadian provinces have confirmed the occurrence of chronic wasted disease in free or captive deer, moose or moose or both.

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