Captive deer test positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Bedford, Lancaster counties


Two additional captive deer have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Bedford and Lancaster counties.


The disease was found in one white-tailed deer on a hunting farm in Bedford County, and one at a breeding operation in Lancaster County.


Both deer were born and raised on the grounds, and are the first CWD-positives on either farm. Both farms are under quarantine. This is the first CWD-positive case of captive deer in Lancaster County.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report no strong evidence that humans or livestock can contract CWD.

CWD affects the brain of infected deer, elk and moose, causing small lesions that eventually cause death. There is no known treatment or vaccine.


This brings a total of 46 deer that have tested positive for CWD in Pennsylvania since 2012.


Officials did not name the farms in the release. 


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