A Wisconsin lab expects to be certified to test for Chronic Wasting Disease this month.
The director of the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory says once the lab is federally certified, it will test thousands of tissue samples from deer shot this fall.
So far, 31 deer in Dane and Iowa counties have tested positive for the fatal brain disease.
Lab director Robert Shull says the lab should have Chronic Wasting Disease test results from each Wisconsin county by the end of March.
Shull says the lab had to undergo renovations, buy some new equipment and hire technicians to perform the tests. The total cost of all that was $1.1 million, with $900,000 coming from state funds and the rest in federal money.