A brain and nervous system disorder that kills animals like deer, elk and moose is on the rise in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is in the early days of a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school to try and address chronic wasting disease.
When a deer contracts CWD, it’s usually not clear right away.
According to the commission, it takes up to about two years for the animal to get sick. Ultimately, the disease is always fatal.
There aren’t any known human cases, but experts still advise people not to eat meat that could be contaminated, or to handle it without gloves.
Earlier this month, Penn Vet announced a partnership with the commission to help stem the spread of the disease.
It’s dedicating 12 employees to studying wildlife diseases in general. Along with CWD, focuses include West Nile virus and white-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat populations.