Extension Ag Update
January/February 2003
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Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Illinois Deer

With the announcement of the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in an Illinois deer, hunters and others have been seeking information about this disease and safe practices for handling deer. CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects elk, white-tailed deer, and mule deer. It is not known to affect livestock or humans. It was first diagnosed in Colorado in 1981 and has since been found in several states. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has compiled a list of state and federal Internet sites to help the public find authoritative answers to their questions. See http://www.cvm.uiuc.edu/czr/cwd.html.