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Missouri hunters required to have white-tailed deer tested for disease

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Missouri is taking action to try and stop a disease that is killing white-tailed deer.

Chronic Wasting Disease is a fatal neurological disease spreading across the country.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is requiring hunters to bring all white-tailed deer hunted this weekend to sampling stations.

If a deer tests positive for the disease, a conservation agent will contact the hunter. The disease is always progressive and always fatal.

Since 2011, 42 deer with the fatal disease have been found in Missouri. Four of those were in Franklin County and one in Jefferson County.

The Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance's website says there is no evidence that the disease poses a risk for humans. However, public health officials recommend that human exposure to the disease be avoided as much as possible. Hunters are advised not to consume meat from animals known to be infected.

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