- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says that another 27 cases of chronic wasting disease have been found in deer and elk in the state.

The commission said Thursday the positive cases came from a recent batch of samples taken in northern Newton County, bringing the total number to 50. Brad Carner, chief of the commission’s Wildlife Management Division, said that the samples that have been taken should give officials a good indication of the disease’s prevalence in the area.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that affects animals such as deer, elk and moose. It is unclear how the disease reached northern Arkansas.

There are no confirmed cases of the disease being transmitted to humans or livestock, but health officials say meat from infected animals shouldn’t be eaten.

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