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MDC reports CWD found in Franklin County

Published on: Dec. 3, 2015

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that an adult, male white-tailed deer harvested by a hunter in Franklin County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). According to MDC, this is the first case of the deadly deer disease to be found in Franklin County. Since 2012, the disease has also been detected in free-ranging deer from Adair, Cole, and Macon counties.

Chronic Wasting Disease infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of brain tissue, which slowly leads to death. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100-percent fatal.

While the Department does not expect short-term population impacts from the disease, research from other states impacted by the disease shows that CWD can have serious long-term consequences to the health of a state's deer herd.

For more information on Chronic Wasting Disease, where else it has been found in Missouri, what hunters and other can do to help limit its spread, and MDC's current CWD testing efforts and results, visit the Department website at mdc.mo.gov/CWD.

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Crap. I hunt Franklin County now, so now I have to worry about that? At least it only infects the deer family and doesn't sound transmittalbe, but I'm still going to look into it more than I have. I'm also going to be much more careful with exposure to fluids in the future.

 

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Heard it mentioned on another forum that it was somewhere between Union and Villa Ridge, in case anyone cared. I hunted a CA in northern Washington county this year, and it does have me a little nervous since Washington county borders Franklin, and there's always the chance a small amount of infected deer didn't get detected. I think it's pretty similar to Mad Cow disease, so I do think it's transmittable if you handle or consume certain parts of an infected deer like the brain, spine, and lymph nodes, or potentially parts of that get in your ground meat. 

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I hunt Franklin County.  Hunted that county all my life.  This has been the worst deer season, ever.  I have had my cameras out since late summer and have got very few pics.  The pics I did get, were of the same five deer.  One of my cams have been pointed at a salt lick for the last two weeks.  Checked that cam today and there wasn't a single pic of a deer.  Crazy. 

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