ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says a second deer harvested in western Maryland has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.
Officials announced Wednesday that a lab test recently confirmed the disease in a female white-tailed deer killed during firearm season in Allegany County in December.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: More Than 800 New Cases & 5 Deaths Reported Sunday
It is the second positive sample of nearly 7,500 deer tested in Maryland since 1999. The first, also in Allegany County, was reported in 2011. More than 20 states and Canadian provinces have documented the disease in deer, elk or moose.READ MORE: First African American To Lead The Maryland National Guard Was Honored After 38-Years Of Service
Maryland’s sampling efforts have been focused in Allegany and western Washington counties since 2010 because of the presence of the disease in nearby West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. There is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans, livestock or other animals.MORE NEWS: A Dad Who Traveled 1,200 Miles For Covid-19 Care Is Finally Going Home. Here's What He Wants You To Know
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