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Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Mississippi deer; LDWF closely monitoring situation

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is monitoring the discovery of a white-tailed deer found dead with chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Issaquena County, Miss., which borders East Carroll and Madison parishes in northeast Louisiana.

According to a release from the agency, CWD is infectious and always fatal in deer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there is no evidence that CWD can infect humans.

LDWF encourages landowners in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes to curtail supplemental feeding of deer as a means to limit concentration and spread of the disease.

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, a 4-year-old free-ranging buck, that appeared to be emaciated, was found dead on Jan. 25. It tested positive for CWD on Jan. 29 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.

As part of its response, the MDWFP has banned supplemental feeding in Issaquena, Claiborne, Hinds, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties. This is the first case of CWD documented in Mississippi, which becomes the 25 th state to confirm the presence of the disease.

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said LDWF is coordinating with MDWFP for sampling and containment measures.

Deer infected with CWD can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

LDWF has tested more than 8,300 deer since 2002 and has not detected CWD. LDWF is coordinating with MDWFP for sampling and containment measures. Deer routinely swim the Mississippi River, often to escape floodwaters.

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