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Maine Deer and Moose Tests find no Signs of Wasting Disease
04/08/2013 03:57 PM ET  

State wildlife officials say more than 400 white-tailed deer and moose harvested in Maine in 2012 were tested for Chronic Wasting Disease - or CWD - and all tested negative.

Deer and moose harvested in Maine last year showed no signs of a debilitating brain disease that has affected so-called cervids in other states.

State wildlife officials say more than 400 white-tailed deer and moose harvested in Maine in 2012 were tested for Chronic Wasting Disease - or CWD - and all tested negative.

Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been monitoring and testing for CWD since 1999. So far, mroe than 8,500 deer and moose have been examined and no cases of the illness have been found.

CWD is also known to occur in elk, red deer, sika deer and caribou. It causes irreversible brain damage and has no cure. The disease is one of several known as Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, or TSEs.  Other TSEs include Scrapie in sheep, Mad Cow Disease in cattle and Creuzfeldt Jacob Disease in humans.

The disease has been found in cervids in several states, including Massachusetts and West Virginia, state officials say. Efforts in Maine to curb the spread of the disease have led to restrictions on transporting cervid carcasses, and warnings to hunters on handling cervid carcasses.

Learn more about CWD and related restrictions and precautions

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