More Deer with CWD Reported, With One Outside Management Area

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources found another five deer with chronic wasting disease in Allegany County, just south of Bedford County in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The location of the five new cases in Maryland is south of the area of Pennsylvania that has seen 17 free-ranging deer with CWD since 2013 - Bedford, Blair and Fulton counties. Seven of those deer were uncovered last year. 

CWD is an always-fatal disease that affects the brain and central nervous system of deer, elk and related animals known as cervids. It is highly contagious to those animals, but has not been shown to be transmitted to humans, livestock or other types of animals.
It was first found in Pennsylvania on a captive deer farm in Adams County in 2012, and subsequently on two captive deer farms in Jefferson County in 2014. 

Maryland previously reported six cases of CWD.

Four of the five deer reported most recently were harvested in the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area, in the eastern third of Allegany County. The other deer was taken near Cumberland, marking the first documented case outside of the Chronic Wasting Disease Management Area.
Pennsylvania and Maryland are among more than 23 states and Canadian provinces with CWD documented in deer, elk or moose.

Pennsylvania, where the Pennsylvania Game Commission and partners have established three Chronic Wasting Disease Management Areas in the state in an attempt to contain the disease through special regulations.
The commission is awaiting lab results on nearly 4,500 samples that were collected largely through hunter-supplied samples in the 2015-16 hunting seasons.