Chronic wasting disease is believed to have been found in two deer located in two separate Mississippi counties near the Alabama border.
This could be a threat to the deer population in Alabama. As of yet, no traces of the disease have been found.
23 States Suffering from CWD
With 23 states already having discovered the disease, the lethal and highly infectious deer ailment may continuously be spreading.
The discovery of two more cases in two north Mississippi counties is possible, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said Thursday.
Tippah and Alcorn counties submitted samples from bucks to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for results. However, the initial testing believes samples to be “suspect positive.”
Since February 2018, eight Mississippi counties found 78 white-tailed deer with chronic wasting disease.
Is Alabama the Next Target?
If the results are positive for CWD, then the disease will be reaching dangerously close to Alabama.
Since deer in Mississippi and Tennessee began testing positive for the chronic wasting disease in 2018, testing has become more serious in Alabama, the statement said.
These are the first apparent positive detections of chronic wasting disease for those two counties, the department said.
Alabama’s Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries quickly took note.
“The first suspected CWD-positive cases in white-tailed deer within 25 miles of the Alabama state line are these,” the division notes in a news release. There have been more than 11,000 deer since 2002 receive tests in Alabama. However, none are infected.
CWD is a highly contagious disease that affects deer, elk, reindeer, and moose. Its symptoms include weight loss, listlessness, stumbling, and neurological problems. The disease can spread through direct contact or through contact with objects touched by CWD-infected animals. It is 100% fatal and to date, there are no treatments or vaccines for it.