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Deer test positive for chronic wasting disease in Allamakee Co.

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Two deer harvested in Allamakee County in the recent hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD).

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says they're gathering as much information as possible in order to come up with a response plan to CWD.

They say 300 samples have been collected in a five-mile surveillance area where a positive sample was found, and about half of those samples have been tested. Once they're all processed, the DNR will host public meetings in Allamakee County to discuss the results.

CWD typically affects deer and elk, leading to extreme weight loss, abnormal actions and loss of body functions. The only surefire test to determine if an animal has the disease is to test their lymph nodes or brain material after they've died.

The DNR wants to remind you that there's no evidence that humans can contract CWD by eating venison.

The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest people don't eat the brain, eyeballs, or spinal cord of deer. They also suggest that hunters wear gloves when field-dressing the animal and boning out meat.

Iowa's first case of CWD was reported in Allamakee County last year, and before the disease was detected in Iowa, deer had tested positive for it in every bordering state.

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