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Kentucky Halts Imports of Indiana Deer, Citing Disease Links

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Kentucky's state veterinarian has temporarily banned imports of captive deer from Indiana over concerns about disease.
 
The Indianapolis Star reports the Kentucky official suspended Indiana imports after finding out the state received deer linked to outbreaks of chronic wasting disease in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Kentucky had already banned imports from those states.
 
The fatal disease has never been found in Indiana's wild or captive deer, but there's no approved test on live animals. Indiana has nearly 400 deer farms and four hunting preserves.
 
Shawn Schafer, the head of the North American Deer Farmers Association, says it's not usual for states to temporarily halt imports over disease worries. Opponents of deer imports say it wildly increases the risk of spreading disease.

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