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Pennsylvania To Announce Chronic Wasting Disease Zone

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Tomorrow, The Pennsylvania Game Commission will announce the fourth zoned area for disease management. 

"Disease Management Area 1 was created area that captive deer farm in Adams County, but has since been eliminated. DMA 2 was created in response to CWD found in multiple free-ranging deer in Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Fulton counties from 2012 -2017, and captive deer farms in Bedford, Franklin and Fulton counties during 2017. DMA 3 was created in response to CWD found in two captive deer farms in Jefferson County during 2014 and a free-ranging deer in Clearfield County during 2017." (Penn Live)

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects cervid herds including deer and elk. As far as we know, the disease does not affect humans; but it can be transferred animal to animal by saliva or urine. There have been at least 50 cases of CWD reported in Pennsylvania this year alone.