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Iowa officials confirm 2 cases of fatal disease in deer

State officials in Iowa have confirmed that chronic wasting disease has been found in captive whitetail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County in southe...
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KEOSAUQUA, Iowa (AP) — State officials in Iowa have confirmed that chronic wasting disease has been found in captive whitetail deer on two separate farms in Van Buren County in southeastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed the cases Friday in a news release. Both farms have been quarantined while the department works to trace potential exposures and contain the disease.

The disease attacks the brains of deer and elk and is always fatal. No human cases have ever been recorded.

The fatal disease first appeared in a wild deer herd in Iowa in 2013.