Samples positive for CWD from depopulated Winona County deer farm

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health received positive test results for chronic wasting disease (CWD) this week after depopulating a Winona County deer farm first identified with the disease in November 2017.

All seven of the remaining white-tailed deer in the herd were harvested, sampled, and found to have the disease affecting deer and elk.

The producer had also moved deer into the Winona City Park, and those three animals were considered exposed to CWD and tested. Results showed no CWD was detected in samples collected from those animals. The next step in the Board’s CWD response is to work with the herd owner to clean and decontaminate the enclosure that contained the positive deer.

Only one farmed deer herd found infected with CWD in Minnesota has not been depopulated. That herd is currently quarantined and monitored by the Board. An update on that herd was issued in November 2017.

— Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Categories: CWD, Whitetail Deer