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Pa. finds hunters who shot deer with fatal disease

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission said they have spoken with the hunters who killed three deer infected with chronic wasting disease, as well as the meat processors who handled the animals.

The deer harvested in Blair and Bedford counties during the 2012 firearms season are Pennsylvania's first confirmed cases of the fatal disease among wild deer. The state's first case in October was in a captive deer on an Adams County deer farm.

Chronic wasting disease is a degenerative brain illness that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer. The disease is fatal to the animals, but there is no evidence it can be transmitted to humans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.

The Game Commission said the three deer that tested positive were among nearly 3,000 sampled for the disease statewide. About half of the test results have been received, and the remaining tests should be available in the next few weeks.

Public meetings will be held in Blair and Bedford counties in the near future to discuss any possible changes to hunting regulations.

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