CWD has been detected in 15 counties in South Dakota


Pierre, South Dakota (KFGO)-- So far, South Dakota has detected chronic wasting disease in fifteen counties, mostly in the central and western part of the state.

Hunters are now asked to help fight the spread of the disease by following CWD guidelines.

The latest case came from a white-tailed deer in Ziebach County. The county is now a CWD endemic area, according to South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks.

According to the CDC, chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects animals in the deer and elk family. Symptoms include severe weight loss, neurological symptoms, stumbling, having a droopy head, and/or drooling. It is similar to “mad cow disease” and can be fatal. It is passed from animal-to-animal by either saliva, feces, urine, or contaminated water or soil. There is no data that suggests humans can catch CWD.

Many wildlife, conservation, and natural resources agencies are working with hunters to set up testing stations or testing drop off spots.


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Story via Doug Leier at KFGO