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Pa. deer tests positive for fatal disease

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A white-tailed deer killed on a Pennsylvania highway has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the buck was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 99 in Bedford County in November.

Tests confirming the deer was CWD-positive came back December 24.

CWD was first detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive facility in Adams County.

During the 2012 hunting season later that year, three deer killed in Blair and Bedford counties tested positive for the disease.

Disease management areas, where special rules apply to hunters and residents, have been established in both areas.

The Game Commission said the site of the highway killing occurred within the disease management area that includes parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties.

CWD attacks the brains of infected deer, elk and moose and will eventually result in the death of the infected animal.

There is no evidence the disease can be transmitted to humans, but officials recommend that people do not eat the meat of infected animals.


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