More cases of chronic wasting disease confirmed in Arkansas

More cases of chronic wasting disease confirmed in Arkansas

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission found that a deadly disease to deer and other wildlife is more prevalent than initially thought.

According to the AGFC, 18 deer and a single elk tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Tissue samples were collected from 49 animals in about 125,000 acres of land and tested at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The testing comes after some animals were found with chronic wasting disease near Buffalo National River in February.

The state now has 22 confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease, mainly in northwest Arkansas.

"This is not good news,” AGFC Chief of Wildlife Management Brad Carner said. “We were hopeful that all positive samples would be contained within our focal area. That's obviously not the case.”

Although there are no confirmed cases of CWD transmission from cervids to humans or to livestock, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Arkansas Department of Health recommend that people not consume meat from animals known to be infected with CWD,” a news release from AGFC stated.

Arkansans are urged to call in reports of sick deer and elk by calling 800-482-9262 or by email at cwdinfo@agfc.ar.gov.

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