MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An 8-year-old white-tailed doe has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, according to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.
The doe had been killed by its pen-mate at a two-deer hobbyist herd in Douglas County.READ MORE: Kim Potter Trial, Dec. 2 Live Updates: 5 Jury Spots Yet To Be Filled
The USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory later confirmed that the animal’s brain and lymph node tissues came back positive for the disease.
CWD is a deadly disease in deer and elk that’s caused by prions which damage brain and nerve tissue. It’s transmitted by saliva, feces, urine, and other fluids or tissues — there are no known treatments or vaccines.READ MORE: 2 Of 4 Charged In Greenvale Township Death Plead Guilty
According to authorities, this is the first time CWD has been confirmed in Douglas County, and the site is now under quarantine.
After the herd owner learned that the doe tested positive for CWD, he made a decision to euthanize the other deer at the site and submit it for testing.MORE NEWS: St. Paul School Board Votes To Close 6 Schools Amid Declining Enrollment, Sustainability Concerns
Those test results are still pending.