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Case of chronic wasting disease identified in Osage County wildlife Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism photo

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is working with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism due to the emergence of a new disease affecting wildlife.

According to a news release from the Department of Agriculture, a case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in a "captive cervid herd" within Osage County. Chronic wasting disease is an infectious, degenerative disease that typically affects wildlife in the Cervidae family including moose, elk and deer.

The disease affects the animal's brain cells and eventually causes death. The case of CWD in Osage was discovered after testing was conducted on an animal that had been euthanized in lat June.

The animal was born and raised on the land in Osage County which has been placed under quarantine as tracing and surveillance is conducted on all animals that currently or previously lived with the same herd in the last five years. Additional testing will also take place throughout Osage County as part of the KDWPT's annual testing of the wild deer population taken during the hunting season and through a three year, statewide research project set to begin this fall.

At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that CWD poses any threat to humans.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 16:29