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Wildlife officials: Farmed elk in Lincoln County test positive for chronic wasting disease



LINCOLN COUNTY, Okla. – An Oklahoma state body confirms that a moose in Lincoln County has been diagnosed with a fatal disease.

In January, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation proposed adding languages ​​to its rules dealing with the import, transport, or possession of corpuscles and living deer to protect Oklahoma's deer and moose populations from chronically-wasted disease.

"Oklahoma deer hunters may have heard of chronic abrasive disease affecting deer and moose in other states. ODWC has followed CWD's development for decades and is preparing if the disease is discovered in the state's wild crew," Micah Holmes said. , information manager for the ODWC at that time.

Chronic abrasive disease is a neurological disease that attacks the brain of deer, moose, moose and other members of the deer family. The disease creates gaps in the brain, which are always fatal to the animal. It is a slow disease with long-lasting difference between infection and visible symptoms.

Infected animals began to lose weight, lose appetite and develop an insatiable thirst. They tend to separate from the herd, go into repetitive patterns, stumble or shake, carry their heads low, salivate, often urinate, and paint their teeth.

At this time, no treatment or vaccine exists.

The disease is spread when the animals are in close contact or when they come in contact with soil containing protein particles from urine, stools, saliva or an infected animal's carcasses.

Officials say chronic abrasive disease has been confirmed in wild deer and elk in all states around Oklahoma.

Now the authorities say that an elk from a farmed herd in Lincoln County has tested positive for the disease.

The 2-year-old bull moose died as a result of an injury and was tested in accordance with the facility's Certified Herd Plan.

Investigators say they have quarantined in the breeding opportunity and a nearby commercial hunting area. ODWC will test wild animals in the area near the plant for the presence of the disease

. After the results, the veterinarian issued a stop-motion order for all in-state cervids for 30 days to assess the situation.

This marks the second confirmed case of the CWD in Oklahoma with the second case occurring in 1

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