REYNOLDSBURG - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Department of Agriculture have found no evidence of chronic wasting disease for the 10th straight year.
CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and white-tailed deer.
According to ODNR's Division of Wildlife, state and federal agriculture and wildlife officials collected 549 samples last year from hunter-harvested deer from 36 counties, primarily during the deer-gun season.
In addition to CWD, 561 of the hunter-harvested deer samples were tested for bovine tuberculosis. Results found no evidence of this disease in Ohio deer.
Additional CWD samples are being taken from road-killed deer, but those test results are not yet available. Sampling will continue through April.
Since CWD was discovered in the western United States in the late 1960s, there has been no evidence that the disease can be transmitted to humans.