The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that an adult, male white-tailed deer has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.
They say the deer was harvested by a hunter in Franklin County.
According to the MDC, this is the first case of the deadly deer disease to be found in Franklin County. Since 2012, the disease has also been detected in free-ranging deer from Adair, Cole and Macon Counties.
The department of conservation reports CWD infects only deer and other members of the deer family by causing degeneration of brain tissue, which slowly leads to death. The disease has no vaccine or cure and is 100 percent fatal.
While the department does not expect short-term population impacts from the disease, research from other states impacted by the disease shows that CWD can have serious long-term consequences to the health of a state's deer herd.
For more information on CWD, you can click here to visit the department of conservation online.