WI Wasting Disease

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has forwarded two deer tissue samples to a federal lab in Iowa for further testing.

Doctor Robert Shull says one of the samples was from a deer in Sheboygan County. He says the sample was inadequate for scientists here to determine whether it was positive. He says the sample was inconclusive.

Shull says it was the only sample that raised any question whether chronic wasting disease existed in the wild population beyond the Mount Horeb area, where the disease was first discovered.

The other brain sample shipped to the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, was from a deer that had escaped from a game farm in Walworth County. Testing verified the deer had chronic wasting disease.

One-hundred-41 deer have tested positive for the disease from among more than 36,000 samples submitted for laboratory analysis.

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