Feb. 8, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today announced quarantines have been lifted on 14 additional deer farms after DNA testing confirmed these farms had no ties to two
deer that died of Chronic Wasting Disease in
To ensure the safety of
's farmed and wild deer, the department took precautions and issued quarantine orders on 34 deer farms between October and December of 2012.
This decision was based on evidence from records kept by the
farm where the first positive deer, known by its farm tag as Yellow 903, originated. The deer farm records indicated that Yellow 903 was born on a
To ensure the accuracy of those records, the department sent DNA samples from Yellow 903 and several deer that records indicated were related for testing at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in
DNA tests results received this week showed conclusively no family relationship between any of the deer, one of which was reported to be Yellow 903's mother.
These results confirm that Yellow 903 did not originate from the
farm named in the
farm's records. Because the 14 farms were connected to the
farm and not the
farm, they have been released from quarantine.
Nine farms are still under quarantine by the Department of Agriculture. Those farms remaining are all directly connected to the
farm where both positive deer were found. The department is developing deer herd management plans for these farms.
An interagency Chronic Wasting Disease task force remains in place to address the threat of the disease to
's captive and wild deer populations and includes the departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For more information, visit
and click on the "Chronic Wasting Disease Information" button on the homepage.
Samantha Elliott Krepps
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture