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Chronic Wasting Disease

Updated: Mar 12, 2020

Public Safety Moment: Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) - https://www.cdc.gov/prions/cwd/cwd-animals.html


For those hunters in the borough and surrounding areas please got to the website and educate yourself about this nasty disease that now has come to our area. https://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/Wildlife-RelatedDiseases/Pages/ChronicWastingDisease.aspx



There will be an interactive map on the PA Game Commission website of where you will be able to take your deer to have free testing done. Please help to slow or stop the spread of CWD. PA Game Commission CWD - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UblkgoEeUVs&t=



What are the visual signs of chronic wasting disease?

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has an extended incubation period averaging 18–24 months between infection and the onset of noticeable signs. During this time frame animals look and act normal. The most obvious sign of CWD is progressive weight loss. Numerous behavioral changes also have been reported, including decreased social interaction, loss of awareness, and loss of fear of humans. Diseased animals also may exhibit increased drinking, urination, and excessive salivation.

All CWD symptoms can have other causes and could lead to misdiagnosis of the condition if the animal is not specifically tested for CWD.

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