Chronic wasting disease.

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Chronic wasting disease.

Post by WillCFish »

Is there still some Chronic Wasting disease in parts of the Colorado Elk herd?
I know there are deer with it in some areas of Wisconsin and one was found in Southeast Iowa.
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Re: Chronic wasting disease.

Post by HelaneShields »

The following states and Canadian provinces are designated CWD positive: Alberta,
Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New
Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin,
Wyoming, Saskatchewan, Texas and CWD recently jumped the border into Iowa.

Experts indicate farmed deer infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
pose significant risks to wild deer and elk in the same area: 2007
Potential for disease transmission from Fence‐Line Contact Between Wild
and Farmed Cervids

USDA/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) found that 86% of livestock
inoculated with CWD prions from infected white-tailed deer went on to
develop prion disease. ... 115=277212

" . . . the species barrier from cervid to humans is prion
strain-dependent and humans can be vulnerable to novel cervid prion strains"

"Our results have far-reaching implications for human health, since they indicate that cervid PrPSc can trigger the conversion of human PrPC into PrPSc, suggesting that CWD might be infectious to humans."

Hunters have developed prion diseases: ... rticle.htm

Back in 2004, the CDC expected CWD to manifest only as Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. But Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner recently pointed out the many
different strains of prion diseases:

". . . they (prions) are actually capable of
multiplying in what he terms "alternative" shapes, with
each shape responsible for a different type of dementia." ... INER-ETAL-

Helane Shields, Alton, NH
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