MELROSE (AP) -- An elk farm in Stearns County has been quarantined because an elk that later tested positive for chronic wasting disease passed through there nearly three years ago.
The 3-year-old female elk was at the farm owned by Roger Nietfeld near Melrose for five months in 2000, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health said. On Jan. 24, the elk tested positive on a farm owned by Jim Moscho near Sauk Centre. The other 20 elk in the herd tested negative. It was the state's second confirmed case of the disease.
Malissa Fritz, a spokeswoman for the state Board of Animal Health, said Thursday that plans to test nearly 100 elk on Nietfeld's farm depend on whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture will reimburse him for the testing.
Chronic wasting disease attacks the brain and nervous system in elk and deer. No infected deer have been found in Minnesota. The state's first case of the disease was confirmed last August in a bull elk at a farm in Aitkin County.
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