DOVER, YORK COUNTY—A new worry for hunters and farmers across the state as Pennsylvania deals with its first case of Chronic Wasting Disease. The first positive sample was discovered in a deer in Adams County.
So far, animals at three farms including one in Adams, Lycoming and York Counties are being quarantined to prevent the spread of this disease. The next step is the education process. Health officials are holding a meeting tonight to set the record straight, especially as deer season ramps up.
"There is no scientific evidence that CWD can affect humans," said George Greig, Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture.
Still, officials want people to be aware the disease is now stretching to the Keystone State. The first case of Chronic Wasting Disease was discovered in a captive deer on a farm in New Oxford, Adams County. In response, the Department of Agriculture is quarantining animals on farms in Adams, Lycoming and York Counties. Chronic Wasting Disease is affecting animals like deer, elk and moose, attacking the brain and leading to death. And although the disease has not spread to humans, people should still be aware.
"The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people or other animals do not eat any part of diagnosed with or showing signs of CWD," said Greig.
The positive result was only found in captive deer. Pennsylvania has been tracking CWD since 1998. The Agriculture Department has been coordinating a mandatory monitoring program for years. Over the past 14 years, testing has been done on over a thousand farms and 38,000 free-range deer and elk and there have never been any positive tests, until this most recent case.
CWD has been around nationally since 1967. To get the word out, the Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding an informational meeting tonight at Bermudian Springs High School in York County, Adams County. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.