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DNR Checking Deer For Tuberculosis

Last updated on Monday, August 3, 2009

(UNDATED) - The Department of Natural Resources has collected around 30 white-tailed deer carcasses in Franklin County this past week.

The concern?

The spread of tuberculosis into wild populations.

So far, three facilities in southeast Indiana have captive deer that have tested positive for the disease.

After the deer's carcasses are collected they will be transported to the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University.

There is only a remote chance of humans contracting the disease from animals, and the risk decreases further when proper food handling and cooking procedures are used.

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