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Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Iowa Deer

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The first case of chronic wasting disease in a wild Iowa deer has been confirmed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The deer was said to be harvested in Allamakee County during the first shotgun season in early December. According to a news release, the DNR is currently working to obtain as much information as possible about the infected deer to implement a response plan.

CWD is a neurological disease affecting primarily deer and elk. It is caused by an abnormal protein, called a prion, that attacks the brains of infected animals, causing them to lose weight, display abnormal behavior and lose bodily functions. Signs include excessive salivation, thirst and urination, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, listlessness and drooping ears and head. The only reliable test for CWD requires testing of lymph nodes or brain material.

There is currently no evidence that humans can contract CWD by eating venison; however, the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that hunters do not eat the brain, eyeballs or spinal cord of deer and that hunters wear protective gloves while field dressing game and boning out meat for consumption.

Prior to the positive detection in Iowa, CWD had been detected in every bordering state.

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