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Deer at Crow Wing County farm euthanized to prevent spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

It's not clear how many deer were killed.

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An unknown number of deer from a Crow Wing County farm were euthanized to prevent further possible spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). 

Calling it a "depopulation" of the deer, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced Wednesday that all of the deer on the farm that were first infected with CWD in 2016 were put down as part of a disease control effort. 

Tissue samples have been collected for CWD testing and results will be reported when they're available in the coming weeks. 

“We’ve already developed a herd plan with the owner on how to handle the property now that the deer are gone," said Board of Animal Health Assistant Director, Dr. Linda Glaser, in a release. "At this point, any CWD positive results do not change our disease response, because we already know the site held CWD positive deer and have been treating it as such.”

The Board of Animal Health says the farm where the deer were euthanized was the last Minnesota farm with CWD positive deer in the state. 

All other farmed deer herds will continue to be monitored, but as of now there are not any positive CWD detections on Minnesota farms, though there remain cases of it in wild deer.

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The owner of the herd was paid an undisclosed amount. 

CWD is a fatal disease that affects deer and elk and can cause brain and nerve tissue damage. It can be transmitted through saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues. 

There are no known treatments or vaccines, and humans are not advised to consume infected meat.

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