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      Chronic wasting disease found in Missouri deer

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- State officials say a captive white-tail deer in northern Missouri's Linn County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

      The disease is transmitted from animal to animal or from soil to animal. The state veterinarian said Thursday there was no risk to domestic animals or humans.

      Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease found in deer, elk and moose. It has been documented in 15 states and two Canadian provinces.

      The farm-raised deer in Linn County had been inspected as part of Missouri's chronic wasting disease surveillance and testing program. The agriculture department said the state immediately initiated a contingency plan to limit spread of the disease among the deer population.

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