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Chronic wasting disease found in bull elk killed on private Utah ranch January 31, 2015 Utah

Utah Deer Disease News and Information Archive

... Chronic wasting  ... first showed up in Utah in 2002 when a buck mule deer killed during the rifle hunt near Vernal tested positive. A doe mule deer found dead in a field near Moab in 2003 was the second known case of CWD in Utah. Since then, according to McFarlane, there have 62 cases of CWD in Utah. Two elk have been confirmed to have CWD...

Chronic Wasting Disease and Potential Transmission to Humans.  Emerg Infect Dis. 2004 Jun; 10(6): 977–984
... In 2003, a mature buck deer harvested in the fall of 2002 in northeastern Utah tested positive for the disease ... our current knowledge cannot explain some of the distinct foci of CWD among free-ranging animals (e.g., in New Mexico and Utah). Thus, unidentified risk factors may be contributing to the occurrence of CWD among free-ranging and captive cervid populations in some areas...

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