The Missouri Department of Conservation reports it has recently confirmed the first case of chronic wasting disease found in Pulaski County. The confirmed case is from an adult male deer harvested by a hunter near Waynesville. A tissue sample was collected from the deer for CWD testing as part of MDC’s routine annual statewide surveillance for the disease.
Conservation Department Regional Supervisor Aaron Pondrom has more.
MDC will provide hunters in the Pulaski County area with opportunities to have their harvested deer sampled for free CWD testing. CWD is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The disease has no vaccine or cure and eventually kills all deer that are infected. There have been no reported cases of CWD infecting people, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends having deer tested for CWD if harvested in an area known to have the disease. The CDC also recommends not eating meat from animals that test positive for CWD.