Other animals can become infected by coming in contact with a deer carrying the disease. The prions can be shed by infected animals by saliva, blood, feces and urine, the wildlife department said on its website.
Nearly all the infected and suspected deer were found in northern Mississippi counties, according to the AP. Wildlife officials said 25 were killed or found in Benton County, while 10 were found in neighboring Marshall County.
Those two counties border southwest Tennessee, where cases of CWD have been reported.
“It’s likely tied in with the cases they have,” Walsh said.
There have been no confirmed cases of CWD in humans, the Clarion-Ledger reported. However, hunters are encouraged to handle deer meat with extra care, the newspaper reported.