LITTLE ROCK — A third animal in Arkansas has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the state Game and Fish Commission said Tuesday.

LITTLE ROCK — A third animal in Arkansas has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the state Game and Fish Commission said Tuesday.


After announcing earlier this month that an elk and a white-tailed deer in Newton County had tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the commission said Tuesday that a second white-tailed deer has tested positive for the disease. The 4½-year-old female deer was found dead March 2 near Mount Sherman in Newton County.


The disease is fatal to deer and elk.


To determine the prevalence and distribution of the disease among deer, the commission has begun taking samples within a capsule-shaped area ranging from 5 miles west of Ponca to 5 miles east of Pruitt, and 5 miles across. The deer found March 2 was in the middle of the sampling area.


By Tuesday the commission had sampled 225 deer and 6 elk. It needs a sample size of 300 deer.


The public can report sick deer and elk by calling (800) 482-9262 or emailing cwdinfo@agfc.ar.gov.


Although there are no confirmed cases of the disease transferring from deer or elk to humans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the Arkansas Department of Health recommend that people not consume meat from animals known to be infected.


The commission is holding weekly public meetings in Jasper at Carroll Electric. The next three meetings will be on Thursday, March 31 and April 7 at 11 a.m.