Mississippi looks to response plan after first-ever CWD case

VICKSBURG, Miss. — Mississippi will hold a public meeting to discuss its response plan to a fatal infectious deer disease that has been confirmed in the state.

The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks said in a news release late last week that leading scientists and department employees will discuss the plan for dealing with chronic wasting disease .

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

The department learned Feb. 9 that the disease had been confirmed in Issaquena County. It’s the first time the disease has been found in Mississippi. Officials say genetics showed that the infected white-tailed deer was local, and therefore was infected locally.

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