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North Dakota Game and Fish Department Courtesy Photo The only sure and practical way to diagnose chronic wasting disease is through microscopic examination of the brain stem or lymph nodes in the head.

CWD questions and answers

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In the last two years, two North Dakota deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. These are the first two positive cases discovered in the state among thousands of deer tested over the last decade or so.

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Here's a closer look at CWD with some common questions and the best answers science has at this time.

What is Chronic Wasting Disease?

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