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NO WASTING DISEASE FOUND AMONG WILD DEER

Results of an initial round of sampling for chronic wasting disease has shown no signs of the disease in the state's population of wild deer, state officials said Thursday.

Tissue samples from 64 wild deer were sent to the state Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University to be analyzed for the disease, and none of the samples tested positive, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The agency began monitoring after the disease was found in two captive whitetail deer herds in Oneida County. It was the first time the disease was found outside the Midwest or Rockies.

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