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CWD Confirmed at Iowa County Deer Farm
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/12/2018

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed that 21 whitetails from a deer farm in Iowa County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. Last month, a team comprised of veterinarians from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service depopulated over 100 whitetail deer at the facility. Seventy-nine of the animals were tested for CWD.

The deer farm had been quarantined since October when DATCP confirmed a deer shot on a hunting ranch in Waupaca County tested positive for CWD and was traced back to the faciltiy. Since then, 10 additional deer harvested from the Waupaca County hunting ranch tested positive for CWD and were traced back to the Iowa County deer farm. State and federal indemnity payments are in the process of being determined.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal, neurological disease of deer, elk, and moose caused by an infectious protein that affects the animal's brain. Testing for the disorder can only be performed after the animal dies.

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