JACKSON, MS (WMC) - Mississippi wildlife officials have confirmed Chronic Wasting Disease in two more counties.
According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, a female white-tailed deer from Panola County and a female white-tailed deer from Tallahatchie County both tested positive for CWD. These are the first deer to test positive in both counties.
The Panola County deer was from a diseased deer report and the Tallahatchie County deer was from a sample submitted by a hunter.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CWD affects deer, elk, reindeer, sika deer and moose. Symptoms include drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms. It is contagious to animals, spread through bodily fluids, and is also fatal.
There have been no reported cases of the infection in people; however, the CDC reports there could be a risk for people based on studies involving non-human primates.
MDWFP received more than 7,000 samples from hunters, road-killed and reported diseased deer during the 2018-2019 season. So far, Mississippi has confirmed 15 CWD-positive deer and is awaiting confirmation on four more suspected cases.