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Official: Fatal deer disease on the rise in western Kansas


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease is becoming more prevalent in deer in western Kansas, according to a state wildlife official.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism recently announced that 37 of more than 360 deer have tested positive for the fatal disease since the beginning of the fiscal year.

Chronic wasting disease causes brain lesions in deer, elk and moose. It's transmissible through blood and other body fluid of infected animals.

The agency's wildlife disease coordinator, Shane Hesting, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that most of the CWD-infected deer wer...

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