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Fatal disease not found in Huntingdon County escaped deer - abc27 WHTM

Fatal disease not found in Huntingdon County escaped deer

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has confirmed that chronic wasting disease was not detected in a deer that escaped from an unlicensed deer farm in Huntingdon County.

The deer was linked to a farm in New Oxford, Adams County where the disease was originally detected. The doe was shot by a hunter last month.

Last week, the Agriculture Department confirmed that chronic wasting disease was not found in a doe that escaped from the New Oxford farm.

To date, the department has quarantined 24 farms in 12 counties that have been identified as being associated with the herd where the positive deer were found. Under the current quarantine, deer cannot be moved on or off those quarantined premises.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of infected antlered animals such as deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal.

There is no evidence that humans or livestock can get the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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