The Department of Livestock Reports Finding of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Eastern Montana Game Farm Elk

Helena, Mont.- On January 31, 2020, the Montana Department of Livestock reported that a single game farm elk in eastern Montana has been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The disease has not been identified in domestic cervids in Montana since 1999.

The CWD positive animal was found as a result of surveillance required by the United States Department of Agriculture CWD Herd Certification Program (HCP) which requires all deaths in captive animals greater than 12 months of age be tested. The affected animal appeared healthy and was slaughtered for meat. The infection was conf...

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