Chronic wasting disease found in farmed deer

Published 2:48 pm Saturday, May 26, 2012

ST. PAUL — A 500-deer farm in Ramsey County is under quarantine, after chronic wasting disease was detected in a red deer.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says Friday a 2-year-old female deer tested positive for the disease.

It’s the fifth time a farmed animal in the deer family has tested positive for the fatal brain and nervous system disease. The most recent incident happened near Oronoco in 2009.

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The board says the Department of Natural Resources will likely test wild white-tailed deer in the area this fall.

CWD was also found last fall in a wild deer shot in southeastern Minnesota. Earlier this year, the DNR reported that tests on deer taken by hunters over the fall and winter turned up no new cases.