Chronic wasting disease unlikely to spread in moose, says Alberta government

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EDMONTON - Alberta government officials say the discovery of one moose with chronic wasting disease doesn't mean the infection could spread through province's entire population of the animals.

Scientists say moose can catch the disease, which is similar to mad cow disease, but they can't pass it on to other moose.

The diagnosis of the sick moose was released yesterday, after it was killed in a collision with a vehicle near Medicine Hat last November.

It was the first such case ever found in Alberta, although moose have been found with chronic wasting disease in the United States.

Alberta Environment suggests the moose contracted the disease from an infected deer.

Alberta has been trying to stem the flow of deer with chronic wasting disease coming in from Saskatchewan since 2005.

Since last September, 23 cases of the disease have been diagnosed in deer out of nearly 3,000 specimens sent to the province for testing.

Geographic location: Alberta, EDMONTON, Medicine Hat United States Saskatchewan

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