There have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people. Animal studies suggest CWD poses a risk to some types of non-human primates, such as monkeys. These recent studies raise concerns that there may also be a risk to people and suggest it is important to prevent human exposure to CWD. Hunters and others should take precautions when processing any game to help prevent the transmission of any potential disease.
Based on monitoring MDC has conducted since 2001, CWD appears to be relatively rare in the state at this time with 75 cases found out of more than 100,000 deer tested. Counties in Missouri where CWD has been found are: Adair, Cedar, Cole, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Perry, Polk, St. Clair, and Ste. Genevieve.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not consuming an animal that tests positive for the disease. Do not eat meat from deer that look sick or are found dead. If a hunter chooses to dispose of the processed meat, do so properly through a trash service to a properly permitted landfill to prevent the spread of the disease.
To have deer that have been harvested inside the CWD Management Zone tested for CWD prior to processing, contact the local MDC office.
To have deer that have been harvested outside the CWD Management Zone tested for CWD prior to processing, contact the State-Federal Cooperative Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Springfield at (417) 895-6861, or agriculture.mo.gov/animals/health/diagnosticlabs.php, or the University of Missouri Veterinary Medicine Diagnostic Laboratory in Columbia at (573) 882-6811 or vmdl.missouri.edu.
For deer being commercially processed, request that the deer be processed individually, without meat from other animals being added.
There is no processing reimbursement offered if a deer tests positive for CWD. There are no requirements that deer processed at commercial facilities be tested for CWD. The testing is not a food-safety test and, based on current research, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people.
Share the Harvest is committed to providing healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians.
Deer donated to Share the Harvest that were harvested in Missouri counties where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found will be tested for the deer disease. Deer that test positive for CWD will not be used and will be properly disposed of.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been no documented cases of CWD in humans. As a safeguard, the CDC recommends hunters strongly consider having their harvested deer tested for CWD before eating the meat if the animal was harvested from an area where CWD has been found. The CDC also recommends not consuming an animal that tests positive for the disease.
Based on CWD testing MDC has conducted, the disease appears to be relatively rare in the state at this time with 75 cases found out of more than 100,000 deer tested around the state.