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Game commission: Highway-killed deer positive for CWD in Bedford County

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission Thursday said a white-tailed deer that was killed by a vehicle in Bedford County this fall has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The deer was struck on Interstate 99 in November and was sent for testing as part Pennsylvania’s ongoing effort to monitor the spread of the disease, which is fatal to members of the deer family but is not known to be transmitted to humans.

Test results confirming the presence of the disease were returned Dec. 24, the commission said.

“It’s not as if we hope to find CWD positives as we continue our ongoing surveillance,” Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe said. “But the fact is that each test result that comes back – positive or negative – gives us a clearer picture of how prevalent the disease is, and monitoring for CWD is an important part of our efforts to manage its spread.”

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