Va expects to expand deer disease containment area

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says expansion of a chronic wasting disease containment area is likely for the 2014 hunting season.

The department says two new cases of the disease were detected in Frederick County during the 2013 hunting season. One case was a buck killed near the containment area’s eastern border, about 10 miles southeast of a cluster of five infected deer killed since 2009.

The containment area is located in western Frederick and Shenandoah counties. Movement of deer carcasses and parts out of the containment area is prohibited, with exceptions. Feeding deer in or near the containment area also is prohibited.

Disposal of deer wastes from the containment area is restricted.

Chronic wasting disease affects the brain and nervous system of deer, elk and moose.

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