Buck at Vernon County deer farm tests positive for CWD

VERNON COUNTY (WKBT) — There is a confirmed case of chronic wasting disease in Vernon County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Results confirmed in an Iowa lab showed the disease present in buck from a 1-acre farm in Vernon County. That farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning no live animals or whole carcasses are allowed to leave the property.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease caused by a prion that infects the animal’s brain. The disease is spread through direct animal to animal contact or by contact with saliva, urine, feces, blood, and carcass parts of an infected animal or infected soil.

To date there has been no documented transmission of CWD to humans, however the Centers for Disease Control has tips for hunters to further minimize the risk of exposure.