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Fatal deer disease found on western Pa. farm

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The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says a deer on a Jefferson County farm has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the state's seventh case of the fatal illness since 2012.

The 5-year-old white-tailed deer died on a Reynoldsville deer farm and tested positive for the disease.

The farm and the Walnutport, Northampton County farm where the deer was born have been quarantined, according to a news release. Deer cannot be moved on or off the properties.

The investigation continues and additional herds may be quarantined.

Chronic wasting disease attacks the brains of infected antlered animals such as deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death.

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


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