- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says 23 more cases of chronic wasting disease have been confirmed in deer and elk in the state.

The commission said Friday that there have now been 79 positive tests for CWD since the first case was confirmed Feb. 23 in an elk in Newton County.

Three of the 79 cases have come from elk in Newton County, 74 deer from Newton County and two deer in Boone County.

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.

CWD can be determined only within a few days of an animal’s death and the public is asked to report dead deer or elk as quickly as possible by calling 1-800-482-9262.

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