Test points to Mis­sis­sippi’s fourth case of deer dis­ease

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JACK­SON

Of­fi­cials say a fourth case of a de­bil­i­tat­ing deer dis­ease may have been found in Mis­sis­sippi.

The state Depart­ment of Wildlife, Fish­eries and Parks said Thurs­day that an 18-month-old deer found Nov. 23 in Mar­shall County tests pos­i­tive for chronic wast­ing dis­ease.

The con­ta­gious and fa­tal neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease causes deer to have tremors and other move­ment problems and lose weight. It’s present in 24 other states.

A tis­sue sam­ple will be fur­ther tested to con­firm the finding.

Two pre­vi­ous cases have been con­firmed in Is­saquena County in the Mis­sis­sippi Delta, while one was con­firmed in north­east Mis­sis­sippi’s Pon­to­toc County.

The depart­ment says it’s tested more than 1,200 deer this fall to de­ter­mine the dis­ease’s spread.

Of­fi­cials en­cour­age hunters to sub­mit killed deer for test­ing. Lo­ca­tions are listed at www.md­wfp.com/cwd.

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