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State confirms 3 cases of CWD at Newaygo Co. farm

Posted: 12:10 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 13:59:21-05
Montcalm County deer may have had chronic wasting disease

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan has confirmed three cases of chronic wasting disease in three white-tailed deer from a farm in Newaygo County.

The deer were all 4.5 years old and at a private farm. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says there haven’t been any confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in the county.

The state is investigating to rule out exposure for any other farmed deer.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that effects white-tailed deer, elk and moose. It can be transmitted directly from one animal to another or through the environment.

Infected animals can display abnormal behavior, weight loss and physical debilitation. There hasn’t been a confirmed case of the disease in humans.