REYNOLDSBURG, OH (FOX19) - By Amy Van Syoc
State officials are warning hunters about a rare disease affecting deer.
A captive deer in Holmes County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on Friday. It is the first positive sample taken in Ohio. The buck was living on a hunting preserve in Millersburg. CWD tests were being conducted as part of a monitoring program for captive white-tailed deer.
The state is using quarantine to control deer on the preserve that may have been affected. Sampling efforts are also being increased within six miles of the preserve. There is no evidence that the disease has spread to wild deer.
Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Wildlife, Scott Zody, said, "With hunting season in progress, there are no CWD concerns that should prevent anyone from enjoying wild deer hunting in Ohio or from consuming meat from healthy animals."
There is no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans but officials suggest hunters get their meat tested before eating it.
CWD attacks the brain of infected deer and can be fatal. Signs of CWD include weight loss, stumbling, trembling, and excessive salivation. Ohioans who observe an unhealthy deer should contact their local wildlife office.