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Study looks at how chronic wasting disease spreads through WisconsinSubmitted: 04/21/2017
Study looks at how chronic wasting disease spreads through Wisconsin
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MADISON - A study has shed light on how chronic wasting disease is spreading through Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the study from the U.S. Geological Survey looked at chronic wasting disease data from 2002 to 2014.

The study developed a more accurate system to predict how the fatal brain disease found in deer could advance in an area of southwestern Wisconsin near the Wisconsin River.

Katherine Richgels, the applied wildlife health research branch chief for the National Wildlife Health Center, says researchers found several factors linked to the spread of the disease.

She says it's more likely to spread through denser forests and that river corridors seem to block it.

The study found the disease spreads twice as fast in those areas compared to other types of terrain, such as agricultural land.

Richgels says the disease remains a threat throughout Wisconsin.

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