Testing shows no cases of chronic wasting disease in North Dakota

March 12, 2013 at 07:20 AM
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota wildlife officials reported no cases of chronic wasting disease after testing deer that were killed in the 2012 hunting season.

Chronic wasting is a fatal disease in members of the deer family. The state Game and Fish Department began monitoring it in 2002.

Wildlife veterinarians looked into samples taken from more than 1,300 deer in the western third of the state in 2012.

Officials say three mule deer in state history have tested positive, one each in 2009, 2010 and 2011. All three were within 15 miles of each other.

More than 23,000 deer, elk and moose have tested negative for the disease.

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