It appears the Chronic Wasting Disease story in Hampshire County, W.Va. is not going away any time soon.
CWD was first found in free-ranging deer in Hampshire County in 2005. CWD is a neurological disease found in deer and elk, and is caused by particles called prions that slowly attack the brain of infected deer and elk. Deer with CWD progressively become emaciated, display abnormal behavior and eventually die. There is no known treatment for CWD.
The state DNR initiated a public information program to help hunters understand the nature of the disease and the recommended steps for handling deer taken from that region.
Most of the CWD-positive deer have been in the Slanesville area. Thirteen deer have tested positive after almost two years of testing. The latest were three positive deer from 101 adults killed and sampled in March and April. The DNR is monitoring the situation by taking deer from the herd and also by taking samples from deer killed on state roads.