For the first time, chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been confirmed in tests of wild deer in Pennsylvania.
The state becomes the 23rd in the country to discover positive CWD results. To date, chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania was believed to have been confined to the results taken from captive deer.
The positive CWD results were detected in three deer taken by hunters last fall in Blair and Bedford Counties.
There is no evidence that chronic wasting disease can be transmitted to humans, but the disease is contagious and can be fatal to deer, elk and moose. A state task force has been working on educating hunters and other outdoorsmen about CWD.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission was scheduled to hold a news conference on the issue on Monday.