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Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in Mecosta County

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A case of Chronic Wasting Disease in a domesticated white-tail deer has been confirmed by the State Veterinarian in Mecosta County.

In a written statement, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said the case was discovered through a routine testing procedure to monitor for the disease.

Animals like deer, elk and moose are the most common carriers of the disease and can sometime be infected for up to a year before the animal develops symptoms such as weight loss, stumbling, and other neurologic symptoms.

There are no treatments or vaccines.

Since this January, 27 states have confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease and ten Michigan counties have been impacted.

This marks only the 10th farm impacted by Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan since 2008.

Some domesticated deer herds have shown up to a 79% positivity rate when there is at least one infection, but overall test positivity rates remain low at this time.