The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources announced that a very large sampling from deer taken in Hampshire County during the hunting season has revealed no additional cases of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Samples were taken from 1,015 hunter-killed deer during firearms and archery seasons and the samples were submitted to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
CWD was first discovered in Hampshire County when a road-killed deer tested positive in September 2005. The DNR initiated a collection project in the Slanesville area during which 208 deer were killed for CWD testing. This testing produced an additional four cases of confirmed CWD.
The reports of CWD had far-reaching effects. In Maryland, meat processing operations were forced to stop taking deer killed in West Virginia. Some nonresident hunters refused to hunt this past season based on the uncertainty of the safety issues with eating meat from deer with CWD.