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Chronic Wasting Disease Not Found in Md. Deer


ANNAPOLIS, Md.- Maryland's Department of Natural Resources says that chronic wasting disease was not found in any of the 278 samples taken from white-tailed deer this season.

The department announced test results on Thursday for the disease that attacks the brains of deer, elk and moose. The disease is not believed to affect humans, pets or livestock, but hunters are cautioned not to eat meat from sick animals.

DNR officials said only one deer in the state has tested positive, a deer that was harvested in 2010 in Allegany County.

The DNR said it began testing for the disease in 1999 and has focused since 2010 on Allegany County and western Washington County because of cases found in nearby Virginia and West Virginia. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recently discovered three wild deer with the disease in that state's counties north of Allegany County. Two captive deer tested positive in Pennsylvania in 2012 near Gettysburg.

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