First test shows chronic wasting disease in NW Kansas deer
BY MICHAEL PEARCEThe Wichita Eagle
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Preliminary tests have shown a whitetail doe shot in northwest Kansas has chronic wasting disease, a disease that has impacted deer populations in some Rocky Mountain and eastern states.
Keith Sexson, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks assistant secretary, made the announcement this afternoon at the KDWP commission meeting in Kansas City.
It would be the first case of CWD found in a Kansas wild deer out of more than 6,000 samples tested since 1996. Kansas' only other positive test came from a domesticated elk in 2001.
There is no evidence that CWD, which is closely relate to mad cow disease, can be spread to livestock or humans.
Kansas State University veterinarians notified Wildlife and Parks of the results late Wednesday. A sample has been set to a federal veterinary lab in Ames, Iowa, for confirmation. Results are expected in a week, and other states have had false positive preliminary tests.
Chronic wasting disease was first detected in the Rockies in 1967. Within the last six years, it has spread as far east as New York