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CWD identified in Michigan, Minnesota

Minnesota case shows why state health officials need to "maintain accurate animal identification and herd inventories."

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was confirmed last week in two female deer from a deer farm in Mecosta County, Mich., and at a farm in Meeker County, Minn.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is a prion disease similar to other transmissible spongiform encephalopathies such as scrapie and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD), this is the s

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