- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

JASPER, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas wildlife officials say six deer from Newton County have tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing to 56 the number of confirmed cases in the state.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission officials announced Friday the results of tests conducted by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

The high number of positive results has prompted commission officials to conduct a second round of sampling to determine whether the disease is present in other parts of the state.

Deer or elk infected with the deadly disease often stay away from herds, may lose their fear of humans and can eventually lose bodily functions.

Anyone who sees a sick, dead or road-killed deer or elk is urged to contact the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s radio room at 1-800-482-9262.

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