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Recommendations for Hunters Handling and Processing Deer
With confirmation earlier this month that a road-killed deer in Hampshire County tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has received inquiries regarding the safety of consuming venison from this region of the state. The DNR wants every hunter, landowner and consumer of venison to understand there is no evidence to suggest CWD poses a health risk for humans or domestic animals. Concerns relating to CWD should not stop anyone from enjoying hunting season this fall.
While there is no scientific evidence that CWD has or can spread to humans, public health officials recommend that hunters avoid exposure to the CWD agent (i.e., abnormal proteinaceous particles called prions). Hunters are also encouraged not to consume meat from animals known to be infected with CWD. Therefore, the DNR along with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health offer the following common sense recommendations for the safe handling and processing of deer from areas where CWD has been identified. Additional information relating to these recommendations can be found at the CWD Alliance website: www.cwd-info.org.
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