RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) – The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said that Chronic Wasting Disease was found in 26 deer in Northwest Virginia and two in Shenandoah County.
They said 26 of the CWD-positive deer were harvested by hunters and showed no symptoms of the disease.
Two showed signs of the disease prior to their death and were reported.
Since 2009, 66 CWD-positive deer have been confirmed from the provinces of Frederick (61) and Shenandoah (5). All CWD positive deer are harvested west of Interstate 81.
CWD has been detected in 26 states and three Canadian provinces.
The disease is a slow, progressive neurological (brain and nervous system) disease that is found in deer, moose and elk in North America, ultimately resulting in the death of the animal.
It is spread through urine, excrement and saliva.
Symptoms do not appear for several years and include astonishing, abnormal posture, lowered head, drooling, confusion and a clear weight loss.
There is no evidence that CWD can be naturally transmitted to humans, animals or pets, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise hunters to test all deer that have been harvested from known CWD-positive areas and do not consume animals that test positive for the disease.