No chronic wasting disease in local deer so far

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released details on its testing efforts for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Louisiana deer. The testing is being conducted in response to detection of CWD in Union County, Arkansas, just north of the state line near Morehouse and Union Parishes.

LDWF has received test results from the LSU Diagnostic Laboratory on 104 samples in Union Parish and 54 in Morehouse Parish. All tests have been negative for CWD.

CWD is a disease found in most deer species. It is infectious, always fatal, and has no known treatment. It’s part of a group of diseases similar to mad cow disease in cattle. These diseases cause irreversible damage to brain tissue, which leads to salivation, neurological symptoms, emaciation, and death of the animal.

CWD has not been found in Louisiana yet, but Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi have documented it in their deer populations.

LDWF has received 96 additional samples for Union and 16 more for Morehouse Parish and submitted them to LSU Diagnostic Laboratory for testing.  A total of 270 samples have been taken and LDWF needs 30 more deer to reach the goal of 300.  

Hunters can have their harvested deer tested by visiting the LDWF CWD testing website at and follow the steps outlined.

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