JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., — In a press release from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), it was reported the final results from the tissue samples tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer retrieved from mandatory sampling are in.

Over 19,200 tissue samples were tested for CWD by the MDC with 38 deer testing positive.

Affected counties include Adair, Cole , Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Linn, Macon, Moniteau, Ste. Genevieve, and St. Francis.The MDC encourages hunters who harvest deer in these areas to have them tested for the disease.

“This has been a huge undertaking and we greatly appreciate the help from participating hunters and businesses during our sampling efforts,” said MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten. “While it is disappointing to detect any CWD cases, overall the results to date are encouraging. Given the large number of deer tested and the small number of cases detected, CWD appears to remain relatively rare in the state.”

The MDC will continue to collect samples throughout deer season, which ends January 15, 2017. For more information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov/cwd