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Appendix D ------ CWD Draft News Release

                   Chronic Wasting Disease confirmed in a Mississippi

                     JACKSON – A white-tailed deer taken on 11/11/11 near XXXXXXX in GGGGGG
                   County has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The deer was a AGE SEX
                   and was taken HOW.
                     This is the first time an animal in Mississippi has tested positive for the disease, which is
                   fatal to white-tailed deer.
                     CWD was first documented among captive mule deer in Colorado in 1967, and has been
                   confirmed in 24 states, two Canadian provinces and two foreign countries. It’s been found in
                   the wild in 20 states and among captive cervids in 15 states.
                       According to the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, CWD affects only cervids (hoofed
                   animals in the cervidae family such as deer, elk and moose). Biologists believe it is
                   transmitted through feces, urine and saliva. Prions (abnormal cellular proteins) that carry
                   CWD have an incubation period of at least 16 months, and can survive for years in organic
                   matter such as soil and plants.
                     CWD affects the body’s nervous system. Once in a host’s body, prions transform normal
                   cellular protein into an abnormal shape that accumulates until the cell ceases to function.
                   Infected animals begin to lose weight, lose their appetite and develop an insatiable thirst.
                   They tend to stay away from herds, walk in patterns, carry their head low, salivate and grind
                   their teeth.

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