Chronic wasting disease found in Johnson County

A case of chronic wasting disease has been confirmed in Johnson County (Photo: MGN)

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Tuesday said a case of chronic wasting disease had been confirmed in Johnson County.

A deer harvested by a hunter north of Clarksville tested positive for the disease, the commission said in a news release. The deer was a 2-year-old white-tailed buck.

Chronic wasting disease affects an animal's nervous system and leads to weight loss, extreme thirst and loss of appetite. The disease was first detected in Arkansas in February 2016. Since then, 391 deer and elk have tested positive for the disease, according to state wildlife officials.

Johnson County is part of the state's 16-county chronic wasting disease management zone.

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