After 86 cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) were discovered in northern Arkansas this spring, the Missouri Department of Conservation has decided to increased sample collection with the purpose of testing for the disease.
In light of the increase in CWD cases in neighboring Arkansas, a focus area 50 miles from Arkansas’ CWD infected area. The Department is committed to increasing efforts in these types of areas by collecting samples from sick and road-killed deer during the spring months.
To date, officials have tested over 51,000 deer in Missouri resulting in 27 confirmed cases throughout the state. While efforts are being concentrated on the southern region of the state, no cases have yet to have surfaced from southern Missouri.