Pennsylvania expands rules for fatal deer disease


Pennsylvania has a new rule to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

Hunters who shoot a deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia may no longer bring it home without first removing the head, spinal cord, and other parts with the highest risk of transmitting the disease.

The game commission already prohibited whole deer from being brought into Pennsylvania from most U.S. states and Canadian provinces where chronic wasting disease exists, but it previously allowed deer killed in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia if the animal was not shot in a county where the disease has been detected.

Chronic wasting disease is fatal to all species of deer, elk and moose. 

There have been no reported cases among people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but the federal health agency recommends that people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or test positive for the disease.

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