St. Paul, MN (Nortland's NewsCenter) --- A farmed red deer
from a Ramsey County herd has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
After the two year old female red deer died on May 10th, the deer's brain stem was submitted for testing at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where the deer tested positive for CWD.
The Board of Animal Health has placed the herd under quarantine and is working with the owners to determine the herd’s future.
The animal was tested for the disease as part of Minnesota’s mandatory CWD surveillance program, which has been in place since 2003.
The Minnesota DNR is currently evaluating the situation and will likely test wild white-tailed deer in the area this fall.
Wisconsin has already detected one confirmed case of CWD in Washburn County in a wild white-tailed deer back in April.
CWD is a fatal brain and nervous system disease found in cervidae in certain parts of North America. The disease is caused by an abnormally shaped protein called a prion, which can damage brain and nerve tissue.
Infected animals may show signs of the disease including progressive loss of body weight, behavioral changes,
staggering, increased water consumption and drooling.
According to state health officials and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns