Captive Bedford deer tests positive for CWD

A captive deer on a Bedford County hunting preserve has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, and the unnamed facility is under quarantine, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday.

A second deer from a Lancaster County breeding operation also has tested positive for CWD.

Both infected deer were born on their respective properties and are the first ones from those facilities to test positive for CWD.

Forty-six deer in Pennsylvania have tested positive for CWD, the Agriculture Department said.

CWD attacks the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, producing small lesions that eventually result in death. Animals can get the disease through direct contact with saliva, feces and urine from an infected animal or contaminated environment.

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