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Message Title: Update on Missouri
Author: Paula  Posted: 04\05\2010 11:15
Location: Missouri
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Missouri finds no chronic wasting disease in wild deer
Monday, April 5, 2010 | 9:57 a.m. CDT
BY The Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri conservation officials said a sampling of the state's wild deer population has found no signs of chronic wasting disease.

The neurological disease affects deer, elk and moose. A white-tailed deer that was part of a captive herd in northern Missouri's Linn County tested positive for the disease earlier this year.

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Deer in Linn County show no new signs of chronic wasting disease
But the Department of Conservation said tests on wild deer from Linn, Macon and Chariton counties found no cases of the ailment. The tests were done on 153 tissue samples collected by the agency and 72 samples from deer killed by hunters.

Conservation officials say a healthy deer population is vital to Missouri's economy and outdoor traditions.

Chronic wasting disease has been documented in more than a dozen states and two Canadian provinces.