Friday, January 22, 2010

VIRGINIA NEWS: Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in State

Chronic wasting disease has been found for the first time in a Virginia white-tailed deer.

A hunter in Frederick County killed the sickened deer this month, less than a mile from where the disease was found several years ago in West Virginia.

The illness affects portions of the deer's brain and causes a general decrease in body condition, behavioral changes, excess salivation and death.

The disease affects deer only and is not transmittable to humans or other animals, including livestock, dogs or cats.

Virginia now joins 17 states and Canadian provinces where the illness has been found.

Source: NBC29

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