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An elk with CWD.  Photo by Dr. Beth Williams, University of Wyoming, courtesy of CWD Alliance.
An elk with CWD. Photo by Dr. Beth Williams, University of Wyoming, courtesy of CWD Alliance.

Officials Fight Odds to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

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State officials are trying to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal neurological disorder in deer and elk. It's thought to be transmitted through the animals' brain and spinal cord tissue. But there are no known links to illness in humans. Two farm-raised deer in Oneida County have tested positive for the disease. It's the first time CWD's been found east of Illinois. One of the deer was served at a sportsmens' dinner in the town of Verona. Officials are scrambling to keep the disease from spreading among New York's one million wild white-tailed deer. But as David Sommerstein reports, their cause may be an uphill battle.

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