2nd Pa. deer negative for chronic wasting disease

12/12/2012 2:45 AM
By Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A second escaped deer connected to a quarantined central Pennsylvania deer farm has tested negative for chronic wasting disease.

The state Department of Agriculture said Tuesday there was no sign of the deadly neurological infection in the deer that had escaped from an unlicensed farm in Huntingdon County last summer.

The deer had come from the Adams County farm where the first confirmed Pennsylvania cases of chronic wasting disease were discovered. The infection can't be transmitted to humans but is deadly to elk, moose and deer.

Another deer that had escaped from the farm also tested negative earlier this month.

There have been no confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease in the state's wild deer population.

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