The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) confirmed that their fall sampling for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) discovered seven new cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in both Perry and St. Genevieve County. The test was performed on deceased animals that were brought to sampling stations. Officials say the occurrence of witnessing a live deer with CWD brings home the importance of the disease to Missouri’s deer herd. Officials also say that it usually takes about half a year for CWD to become fatal for the deer. MDC officials said there are three actions they recommend be taken to help cut back on CWD. The actions are MDC urges landowners within the affected zone to work with MDC to manage their deer.