Cases of fatal deer illness in Missouri breach containment

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A buck killed in Cole County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, which is a characterized by abnormal behavior, dramatic weight loss, stumbling and slobbering.

The Columbia Missourian reports that this marks the first time the fatal illness has appeared outside Missouri’s northern containment zone. It is not believed the disease can be transmitted to humans.

The Missouri Department of Conservation announced Tuesday that the deer, which was harvested in Centertown, was one of 14 free-range specimens to test positive for the disease last season. The other deer were found in Macon, Adair, Chariton, Linn, Randolph, and Sullivan counties.

The department will review its containment policies.

The Missouri River and about 40 miles of mostly rural Boone County separate Centertown from the containment zone’s border.

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Information from: Columbia Missourian, http://www.columbiamissourian.com