Louisiana hunters are being advised that a white-tailed deer found dead last month in Mississippi tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

The Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries announced that it is monitoring the situation after the deer was found in Issaquena County, Miss., which borders East Carroll and Madison parishes in northeast Louisiana. It's the first deer found in Mississippi with the disease.

The contagious and fatal neurological disease typically causes deer to have tremors and other movement problems and lose weight. The disease, which can also affect elk and moose, was already present among deer in Arkansas and 23 other states.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, no evidence has been found that in can affect humans.

Since the discovery, state wildlife officials are encouraging landowners in East Carroll, Madison and Tensas parishes to stop the supplemental feeding of deer. This is being done to limit concentration and spread of the deer.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials said a 4-year-old free-ranging buck – that appeared to be emaciated – was found dead on Jan. 25 and tested positive for chronic wasting disease four days later.

The department is ordering hunters to stop supplemental feeding of wildlife in Claiborne, Hinds, Issaquena, Sharkey, Warren and Yazoo counties as part of its response plan.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet said the agency is coordinating with Mississippi outdoor officials for sampling and containment measures.

Since the discovery, Alabama wildlife officials have importation of deer carcasses from Mississippi to stop the spread of disease. Hunters can still transport deboned meat, cleaned skulls with antlers, teeth and tanned hides.

Deer infected with chronic wasting disease can spread the disease even before symptoms develop. It can take one to two years for infected animals to become symptomatic. When symptoms appear, they can include emaciation, lethargy, abnormal behavior and loss of bodily functions. Other signs include excessive salivation, loss of appetite, progressive weight loss, excessive thirst and urination, teeth grinding and drooping ears.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have tested more than 8,300 deer since 2002 and has not detected chronic wasting disease. The agency is coordinating with Mississippi wildlife officials for sampling and containment measures. Deer routinely swim the Mississippi River, often to escape floodwaters.