MDC test results reveal more deer with deadly CWD

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports 28 more deer from 11 Missouri counties have been found to have chronic wasting disease (CWD). This brings the number of cases of the deadly deer disease in Missouri to 103 since 2012. CWD is a deadly illness in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family, called cervids. CWD is spread from deer to deer through direct contact and through contact with soil, food, and water that have been contaminated through feces, urine, saliva, or carcasses of infected deer. CWD kills all deer and other cervids it infects. Learn more at There were seven cases of the disease reported in St.Genevieve County. The results come after MDC collected tissue samples for CWD testing from more than 28,000 deer over this past summer and throughout the fall deer-hunting season. The number includes more than 20,000 tissue samples collected during MDC’s mandatory CWD sampling during the opening weekend of the fall firearms deer season. MDC has tested nearly 130,000 deer for CWD since it began its efforts in 2001.

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