MADISON, Wis. – Another 11 deer were found with chronic wasting disease in Wisconsin, all within the area where the disease was discovered a year ago, the state Department of Natural Resources reported Friday.

It brings the total number of diseased deer found in the Mount Horeb area to 141, the agency said.

The disease that threatens the state’s $1 billion hunting industry had never been found east of the Mississippi River until it was detected 13 months ago near Mount Horeb in southwestern Wisconsin.

According to the DNR, scientists have tested the brains of 36,280 of the 40,086 deer that hunters donated for analysis for chronic wasting disease.

The ailment creates sponge-like holes in a deer’s brain, causing the animal to grow thin, act abnormal and die. Scientists believe it is spread by animal-to-animal contact. There is no scientific evidence it can infect humans, but people are advised not to eat an infected deer.

The newest test results continue to show about 2 percent of the deer in the Mount Horeb area are inflicted with the incurable disease.

Of the diseased deer found so far, 74 were in Iowa County, 65 were in Dane County, one in Richland County and one in Sauk County.

Only six deer with the disease have been found outside the 411-square-mile eradication zone around Mount Horeb where the DNR wants all the deer killed. Those six were found in the so-called management zone nearby.

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