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Officials ask hunters' help in preventing fatal disease in deer, elk

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Roseburg, October 31, 2017. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A disease that affects certain animals is spreading and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is now asking for help from local hunters.

Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease that has spread to 23 states. So far, it has not been found in Oregon.

According to ODFW, the disease is affecting deer and elk.

The animals may show symptoms of unusual behavior and significant weight loss.

Fish and wildlife officials are asking local hunters to help them in an effort to prevent the disease.

"If you shoot something, and it's acting funny, it’s a good idea is to bring it to us,” said Nick Leonetti with ODFW. “We'll go ahead and take the samples, freeze the meat, and wait until our tests come back before you consume that meat."

According to ODFW, there are no reports of people getting sick from chronic wasting disease.

However, Centers for Disease Control advises you to not eat meat infected with CWD.

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