Chronic wasting disease detected in Iowa

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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has now been detected in Iowa.

CWD is a neurological disease that causes deer, elk and moose to develop small holes in their brain. This causes the animals to become disoriented and emaciated, and eventually die.

It’s believed that the disease spreads from animals eating grass contaminated with the excretion of an animal with CWD.

The disease was detected in a hunting preserve in Davis County.

Read about how the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is dealing with this situation here.

On the Radio: Chronic wasting disease could reach Iowa’s deer

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses Chronic wasting disease – a deadly neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose.

A deadly disease that affects deer, elk and moose could soon make its way to Iowa.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Cases of Chronic Wasting Disease found in deer near Iowa

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As we reported last month, there has never been a confirmed case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa. CWD is a fatal disease that affects deer, elk and moose, and causes microscopic holes to form in the animals’ heads.

On Tuesday the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed that two deer found near the border of Missouri and Iowa tested positive for CWD.

4,500 samples collected in Iowa during 2011 are currently being tested for the disease.

Read the Iowa Department of Natural Resources press release here.