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June 21, 2014

CWD not found in Ohio’s deer

— COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Agriculture tested the state’s deer herd and found no evidence of chronic wasting disease, which is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.

Wildlife officials collected tissue samples from 753 deer killed on Ohio’s roads from September 2013 through March 2014. An additional 88 hunter-harvested mature bucks and nine deer displaying symptoms consistent with CWD were tested as well.

According to the ODNR Division of Wildlife, all samples were negative for CWD for the 12th consecutive year.

Since CWD was first discovered in the late 1960s in the western United States, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans. Since 2002, the ODNR Division of Wildlife, in conjunction with the ODA Division of Animal Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife and Veterinary Services, has conducted surveillance throughout the state for CWD.

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