HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Jefferson County deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, marking the seventh case in a captive or wild deer since 2012.
The five year old white-tailed deer died on a Reynoldsville deer farm and tested positive for the disease at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg.
That farm and the Walnutport, Northampton County, farm where the deer was born have been quarantined.
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.
Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal.