No Wasting Disease Found In AZ Elk, Deer Herds
July 30, 2012
PHOENIX (AP) - Testing of nearly 1,200 deer and elk killed during Arizona's latest hunting season shows the animals
weren't infected with chronic wasting disease.
The disease that attacks the brains of deer, elk and moose has been found in animals in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says no cases have been detected in Arizona, where tens of thousands of animals have been tested since 1998.
The department says the highest areas of concern in Arizona are game management units along the state's border with Utah and New Mexico.
The disease is similar to other brain-wasting diseases found in cattle and sheep. There is no sign it can be transmitted to humans.
Testing resumes this fall.