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First confirmed CWD case outside of the Shenandoah Valley

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) – The tasks of a hunter in Culpeper County tested positive for an incurable disease, the first Virginia case outside of the Shenandoah Valley. The disease is called Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, which is found in deer, each and every moose across North America. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the buck was legally harvested in November, and a taxidermist, one of 50 across Virginia, participated in the death of the infected animal. a program to track CWD by collecting samples from the received, submitted to sample in late January. The hunter did not notice any signs of the disease at the time of taking the animal, which could include staggering, abnormal posture, lowered head, drooling, confusion and market weight loss. Because this deer was taken in more than 40 miles from where cases of CWD had been previously identified, DGIF conducted an extensive investigation to make sure it had been tasked in Culpeper County Now the state agency is working with cooperating partners and members of the CWD Response Team to determine any appropriate measures. ations, enhancing CWD surveillance in Culpeper and the surrounding counties, and other methods to assess and spread the disease. DGIF says additional surveillance efforts will be launched this will use predominantly hunter-harvested deer. This past hunting season, taxidermists submitted more than 1 ,600 samples and was the only one found outside of Frederick and Shenandoah counties where CWD has been confirmed for several years. DFIG also…

RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) – The tasks of a hunter in Culpeper County tested positive for an incurable disease, the first Virginia case outside of the Shenandoah Valley.

The disease is called Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, which is found in deer, each and every moose across North America. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the buck was legally harvested in November, and a taxidermist, one of 50 across Virginia, participated in the death of the infected animal. a program to track CWD by collecting samples from the received, submitted to sample in late January.

The hunter did not notice any signs of the disease at the time of taking the animal, which could include staggering, abnormal posture, lowered head, drooling, confusion and market weight loss.

Because this deer was taken in more than 40 miles from where cases of CWD had been previously identified, DGIF conducted an extensive investigation to make sure it had been tasked in Culpeper County

Now the state agency is working with cooperating partners and members of the CWD Response Team to determine any appropriate measures.

ations, enhancing CWD surveillance in Culpeper and the surrounding counties, and other methods to assess and spread the disease.

DGIF says additional surveillance efforts will be launched this will use predominantly hunter-harvested deer.

This past hunting season, taxidermists submitted more than 1

,600 samples and was the only one found outside of Frederick and Shenandoah counties where CWD has been confirmed for several years.

DFIG also tests more than 1,550 years from Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah counties found two cases of the disease in Shenandoah County and 26 in Frederick County.

A third case was found in Shenandoah County after a member of the public reported an animal showing possible symptoms to DGIF, and officials confirmed. the doe had CWD in April

Regarding the Culpeper case, DGIF will addressing community questions and concerns about the disease and the agency

Since 2009, 68 have tested positive for the disease in Virginia.

CWD has been detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces. 19659004] The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is currently no evidence CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans, livestock or pets, but hunters are advised to test all of them harvested from known CWD-positive areas and to not eat any meat from animals that test positive for the disease.

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